Feelgood Story of the Day: “I was smashing his head into the ground, trying to keep him disoriented”

Posted by on May 07, 2012 at 12:54 pm

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.

He moved.

2:50 A.M.

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.

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5 Responses to “Feelgood Story of the Day: “I was smashing his head into the ground, trying to keep him disoriented””

  1. EBL on 7/07/12 at 1:42 pm

    Well done David Jennings! That Mixed Martial Arts mussel memory sure helps!

    And Blue Hen–well said too!

  2. Frank G on 7/07/12 at 6:35 pm

    If he pointed a gun in someone else’s house, incompetence shouldn’t keep this piece of shit from getting attempted murder charges.

  3. Kell on 8/08/12 at 8:08 am

    OORAAHHH, for Mr Jennings…I’ve taken this course and a few others as a ranger (2/ 325th, airborne infantry regiment, 82nd airborne division, ranger/ scout sniper- 77 thru 91) and after my enlistmnent ended and have begun teaching hand to hand/ hand to knife/ self-defense technigue and effective combat shooting to my 11 and 12 year olds and a few of their little friends, (they LOVE coming over here…LOL) and I’ll tell you what, folks, there’s nothing like being prepared for almost any eventuality, and nothing on the planet that I’ve found feels as good as disarming an asshat and turning his weapon back on him…now…if we could just come up with a secure way of disposing of bodies, we’d be in there! Also, knowing how to fight, when necessary, is an awesome self-esteem builder for kids…
    I once suggested a woodchipper and any of the local bass holes (HUGE catfish and turtles) around here to our local law enforcement (an Ohio statie) during a cookout over here and he just smiled and walked away and grabbed another beer laughing….God I love living in the country!
    If I could, I’d gladly share a few beers with Mr Jennings and his wife…OOORRAAAHHH!!!

  4. chris on 8/08/12 at 12:29 pm

    Several things make little sense in the story – probably not Jennings but an incompetent reporter. Most people don’t recognize stories once they are mutilated by a reporter.

    Strange that you live in a place that you feel is so dangerous that you need to keep a loaded gun in the open while you have 3 young kids who can walk in at any time.

    Strange that you keep a loaded gun next to you in bed but don’t bother to lock/secure a sliding glass door.

    The above is made stranger still by Mr. Jennings’ obvious competence in protecting himself. Something else going on besides Ivan wandering the neighborhood and pointing guns at peoples’ heads in middle of night.