- The intruders were known gang members with lengthy criminal records
- The four intruders entered Joe Torrez's house armed with a 'crude shank'
- One of the intruders was taken to the hospital with 'severe' injuries to his face
(Mail Online) A mixed martial arts fighter in New Mexico may face charges after authorities say he fended off four home invaders - killing one and severely injuring another - during a an early morning break in on New Year's Day.
According to authorities in Dora Ana County, MMA fighter Joe Torrez fatally beat and stabbed one of the intruders, beat another so badly he needed to be taken from Torrez's home in an ambulance and then convinced the other two to retreat in fear.
Authorities found the body of 25-year-old Sal Garces near Torrez's trailer home in the 600 block of King James Avenue.
Garces, his 19-year-old brother Raymond Garces, 20-year-old Nathan Avalos and 22-year-old Leonard Calvillo forced their way into 27-year-old Torrez's house about 2 a.m. on New Year's day.
Once inside the home, a fight began between the intruders and Torrez - a fight that ended with Garces dead, Avalos being admitted to a hospital with 'severe' facial injuries and the other two fleeing the scene...
One of the men, a witness told police, was armed with a 'crude shank.' Another grabbed a knife after entering the home.
An attorney for Torrez, C.J. McElhinney, says his client was acting in self-defense when he fought off the intruders.
'He was fighting for his life,' said McElhinney...
Authorities haven't ruled out charging Torrez with any crimes. A Facebook page has been setup in support of the MMA fighter.