When home invasions go comically awry.
David Jennings slowly emerged from a deep sleep, sensing that someone was standing by his bed.
In the dark room, the blue glow of the television illuminated a man’s silhouette. The stranger was pointing a gun at Jennings’ head.
“Don’t move,” the stranger said.
Crime victims often have just moments to react, as they decide how best to keep alive and protect loved ones. With his three children sleeping down the hall and his wife lying next to him, Jennings had a second to decide.
Jennings would later say it was almost as if he weren’t directing his own actions.
Protect the family.
Jennings, who was lying on his stomach, reached around behind his back with his left arm and grabbed the intruder’s hand that was holding the gun — the same gun Jennings kept by his bed for protection, a Bersa .380 semiautomatic.
Jennings used his free hand to push himself off his bed and swung his left leg off the edge. Turning toward the intruder, Jennings lunged. He slammed his shoulder into the man’s midsection, and with his arms wrapped around the stranger’s torso, lifted him off the ground to take him off balance. With the stranger digging his fingernails into Jennings’ back, the two crashed to the floor, about six feet from the foot of the bed.
Sitting on the stranger’s torso, Jennings wrapped his leg around him to constrict his breathing.
“I was smashing his head into the ground, trying to keep him disoriented,” Jennings said.
Turns out Jennings has had some MMA training, and it sure came in handy. As for the loser he pummeled:
Surprise police arrested Ivan Sanchez, 18, who has a juvenile record for armed robbery and burglary.
Sanchez, accused of entering the Jennings house through an unlocked sliding-glass door, faces charges of aggravated assault and burglary.