I’m not sure how many of you remember that home invasion incident back in October of 2008 when Lloyd Irvin and Brandon Vera were held at gunpoint at Irvin’s house. Frankly, I can’t remember if I shaved both of my legs in the shower this morning or why I set an alarm on my phone that says “squeeze cheese and a ukelele”. So here’s a little refresher if you need it from the BloodyElbow.com archives:
…world champion grappler Lloyd Irvin said his home in Accokeek, Maryland was invaded by two armed gunman on Saturday morning at approximately 4:30am. According to Irvin, the two gunman held Irvin, his son, wife and UFC light heavyweight contender Brandon Vera at gun point while demanding to be directed towards valuables like cash or jewelry. While one gunman held Irvin’s family hostage, another gunman directed Irvin to the the master bedroom. According to Irvin, he led the gunman toward his bedroom. Once in the bedroom, Irvin said he noticed the other gunman was far enough away down the hall to make a move to disarm the attacker in his bedroom. Irvin, an expert in Sambo defensive gun and knife techniques, was able to get ahold of the gun in the attacker’s hands, first separating the clip from the gun and then removing the gun from the attacker’s hands. At that point, the attacker in Irvin’s room ran yelling to his accomplice that Irvin had his gun and both gunman fled the house. It’s not clear what, if anything, they were able to take with them. Police were called to the scene and have launched an investigation.
…but wait it gets even crazier. Apparently one of the two home invaders is now a person of high interest in a series of killings in Maryland and the surrounding areas. Here’s a snippet of what Lloyd’s wife had to say in an interview with 9 News Now in Maryland:
“My heart goes out to the families that were actually killed, and I’m just so thankful that– I mean it could have been us. Thank God Lloyd had the skills to disarm this person,” says Vicki Irvin
Apparently, the suspect is a person of interest in at least 4 murders and is expected to be connected to more in the area in the coming weeks. Wow. That had the potential to be like something out of the movie Last House on the Left for Irvin but his Sambo weaponry disarming skills saved both his family and Brandon Vera. That, my friends, is badassery at its finest. [Source]