Nov 7, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT
So if you’re going to rob a motel, you probably shouldn’t pick one that’s full of MMA fighters. A man trying to escape with stolen loot in a Los Angeles motel robbery was intercepted by two trained martial arts fighters coming off of the elevator, which means of course that the robber is now in jail. Brent Alvarez, 33, and Billy Denney, 28, from Oregon, were in town for the World Jiu-Jitsue No-Gi Championship in Long Beach. A man had just robbed the motel clerk at gunpoint, and was attempting to leave when the clerk grabbed him and yelled for help. Alvarez and Denney stepped in, restraining the robber with a martial arts hold until police arrived.
A former hip-hop club bouncer, Alvarez said that 10 years of training in self-defense and defusing conflict kicked in. The suspect didn’t seem to want to hurt them, either, Alvarez said, but kept insisting he did it for his daughter.
The man begged to be released so he could kiss the daughter one last time.
“He wasn’t trying to punch us; he just seemed like someone who had run out of options,” Alvarez said Friday evening. “I think back now and wonder what the hell was I doing? I should of hit him and knocked him out.”
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