Four alleged gang members broke into the home of a New Mexico mixed martial artist on New Year's Day, armed with a prison-style shank and intending harm. When it was all said and done, one was dead, another was on his way to the hospital in an ambulance and two others ran.
The fighter, Joseph Torrez, and his family have already packed up and moved according to neighbors. The 27-year old Torrez is only 1-5 as a pro fighter but he can certainly protect himself according to The Las Cruces Sun-News:
Deputies found Sal Garces, 25, stabbed and beaten near a home in the 600 block of King James Avenue in Doña Ana. He died at the scene.
Around that time, Nathan Avalos, 20, was transported to an El Paso hospital with what DASO called "severe" facial injuries.
Garces, his 19-year-old brother Raymond Garces, Avalos and 22-year-old Leonard Calvillo reportedly had forced their way into the mobile home about 2 a.m.
Once inside, the deadly fight started among the alleged intruders and the 27-year-old man living there.
The Sun-News didn't identify Torrez, but KFOX-TV was less concerned with the fighter's family's safety:
On Friday, KFOX 14 crews went to the house to speak with the victim, Joseph Torrez, but no one was home.
"Last night they had about four or five trucks over there just throwing stuff in. Just vacating the premises," said neighbor David Cooper. Neighbors said they're still confused what happened. "They were all nice and quiet and I don't know what happened," said Cooper. KFOX 14 got a hold of the arrest affidavit.
Deputies said it all started with an argument between Torrez and four other men. One of the men, Leonard Calvillo, called Torrez on the phone. The arrest affidavit said, Calvillo threatened to go to Torrez's home. The affidavit quoted Calvillo when talking to Torrez saying, "I will kill you and your family."
Shortly after that threat, Torrez's home was seen with a broken glass door and broken window. Deputies said Calvillo along with Nathan Avalos, Sal Garces and Raymond Garces broke into the home. They said Torrez's fiancée tried to hold the four men back, but was unable to. The arrest affidavit reveals the men tossed furniture and then physically attacked Torrez.
"We heard the sirens and the lights and we looked outside and saw the cop cars," said Cooper. Deputies said Torrez was able to fight off all four men, protecting himself and his family. Neighbors said what alarmed them the most was a body bag lying in the street. "We were a little shocked about it because normally this neighborhood is really quiet," said Cooper.
Deputies said Sal Garces died from stab wounds. What appears to be blood stains can still be found on Torrez's property. Avalos was taken to the hospital. Calvillo and Raymond Garces were arrested and face multiple charges including aggravated battery and aggravated burglary.
Moral of the story: don't attack a professional mixed martial artist.