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MMA Fighter Joseph Torrez Fights Off 4 Home Intruders, Kills One Of Them!

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Holy. Shizz.

This sounds like an action movie — but it's not. It's real life, and there was a real loss of life in defense of another. It doesn't get much more serious than that.

Joseph Torrez, a 27-year-old MMA fighter, managed to take on 4 home intruders that even called to threaten him before showing up to his home in New Mexico. He hospitalized one, and killed one.

According to reports, suspect Leonard Calvillo uttered these chilling words to Joseph over the phone:

"I’ll kill you and your family … I’ll go to your house."

Scary! And it wasn't just the 22-year-old Calvillo who showed up. He also brought along Sal Garces, 25, his brother Raymond, 19, and Nathan Avalos, 20. They proceeded to break into the mobile home at about 2 a.m.

Joseph wasn't alone either, but he didn't have three dudes for backup either — his fiancee, son and another woman were there as well.

It was Sal Garces, according to reports, that didn't make it out alive. He was stabbed to death in the fight, and Nathan Avalos left the scene with severe facial injuries. He's still hospitalized.

The other two dudes? They ran. Scared.

They were easily picked up later, though, on conspiracy and property damage charges. Reports indicate that all four were gang members.

Joseph is a 155-pound lightweight who managed to fight off four attackers while his family was present, and he's still not out of the woods. Not only was his home attacked, but he could face charges for Sal being stabbed to death, even though his lawyer can't say enough that he was 'fighting for his life.'

Luckily, they've already moved to a new home. We'd hate to hear that whatever gang these guys were in had retaliated, so that's great news!

The latest news from Joseph's attorney, C.J. McElhinney, says that Joseph is no longer cooperating with authorities and that it DOES seem like he's at the "beginning of a very long fight" and might face charges even though he was protecting his family.

What a nightmare situation! We hope everything gets cleared up and quickly!

We wonder what he did to upset these guys, because we do hear it was part of an ongoing feud!

[Image via Joe Torrez's Facebook.]

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24 comments to “MMA Fighter Joseph Torrez Fights Off 4 Home Intruders, Kills One Of Them!”

  1. jesse says – reply to this


    why would he get in trouble for defending his life? wtf.

  2. 2

    THIS is why the castle (stand your ground) law is needed! People shouldn't fear being incarcerated for protecting their family in their own home!

  3. 3

    good for him!

  4. Ruthie says – reply to this


    Me thinks there is wayyyyyy more to this story than being told! Thugs and their way of life will never change, and I would bet a billion that these men had beef with the MMA fighter, for reason!

  5. Mafaioz says – reply to this


    Re: Ruthie – Still doesnt justify coming to his house with 3 other dudes and threathen him like this

  6. Dalek says – reply to this


    damn, if only billy hadn't backed out at the last second. 5 guys would have gotten the job done

  7. Sansea says – reply to this


    Cops get it wrong too often. This is sad.

  8. kikikiwi says – reply to this


    Good job Joseph! Way to protect your family, man!!!!

  9. @v@ says – reply to this


    Sounds like authorities want him to spill or they're threatening charges in spite of self defense. There's probably more involved. He'll be bound legally to whatever self defense laws are wherever this happened unless the system is corrupted.

  10. 10

    Good for him.

  11. 11

    As one poster said, this is why stand your ground shouldn't be messed with. One douchebag (zimmerman) exploiting it and getting away with murder does not mean the law is broken or needs to be changed. What happens if the law is removed, someone attempts to rape a women, she kills them, but then goes to jail for life?

    It was 4 against 1, they illegally entered his home. In most states once you step foot into someones home they can legally kill you with a gun/knife,etc. The fact it was 4 people makes it a landslide. He's no doubt living in a liberal dominated area if this is potentially getting him murder charges.

  12. J Cab says – reply to this


    The taking of a life is never a good thing, But when Joseph was fearing for his life and the life of his family I say good for you Joseph. You defend yourself and your family and the system wants to charge Joseph! SICKENING! SHAME ON YOU NEW MEXICO1

  13. yaegerjj says – reply to this


    What business did they have at this guys house?

  14. yaegerjj says – reply to this


    Maybe he should have been living in Florida, and not New Mexico. If this young man goes to jail for protecting his family in his own home, than New Mexico really is in the dark ages.

  15. Sam says – reply to this


    Come move to TEXAS…this shit would be legal! Hope the MMA fighter get's an award not handcuffs. I would do the same for my family too!

  16. Chris Matthews says – reply to this


    We actually interviewed the attorney for Joe Torrez. The link is below.

  17. sheen says – reply to this


    Re: yaegerjj – lol ……

  18. fausto412 says – reply to this


    Re: Jessicalc – Castle and stand your grand are 2 different things.

  19. 19

    This is bull shit and that guy that shot the unarmed kid goes free. REVOLUTION

  20. Devin says – reply to this


    It's not what 'the story behind all this' that is the focus in legal terms, at least in my country, it's what actually happens at the scene! If the American authorities follow their so called, 'Bill of Rights' then this boy needs to be exonerated. Awesome that he was able and did protect his family and friend. I hope it turns out well for him!

  21. Amy says – reply to this


    Re: Ruthie – I agree! They were gang members..he was probably involved with them in some way.

  22. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: Chris Matthews – Thanks. Will try to find it even if its not below.

  23. pcofwork says – reply to this


    I heard the 911 call, and I can't believe that the police would even consider laying charges on Torrez. The system is definitely broken!

  24. Chuleta says – reply to this


    First, kudos to MMA and Martial Arts in general.
    Torrezz should be given a medal and the UFC should give him a decent payday.
    They were going to kill him and he used his training to defend himself and family.
    In the process one punk was ravaged to death, another had his facial structure pulverized, and two "sissies" ran