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Deputies: Trained MMA fighter killed home invader

Updated: 01/04/2014 10:28 PM | Created: 01/04/2014 1:24 PM
By: The Associated Press

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a resident who is a trained mixed martial artist killed a man suspected of taking part in a New Mexico home invasion.

Dona Ana County sheriff's officials say 25-year-old Sal Garces died this week from stab wounds after he and three other men broke into Joseph Torrez's home north of Las Cruces on Wednesday.

Deputies say Torrez, his fiancee and a toddler were at home at the time of the invasion. Authorities say the fiancee tried to use her body against the front door to keep the men from entering.

Deputies say Torrez was able to fight off the four men — two of whom have been arrested and another hospitalized with unknown injuries.

Officials say Torrez may face charges in the death, but what charges aren't known.

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