(Video courtesy WUSA9 News)
When Lloyd Irvin successfully disarmed a gun-toting home invader back in October 2008, he may have dodged a much bigger bullet than being robbed, as was assumed to be the reason behind the break in at his Maryland home.
According to a report by news channel WUSA9, one of the suspects in the case has been labeled as a possible serial killer by Prince George’s County Police Chief, Robert Hylton.
Here’s the 911 call made by Irvin’s wife that night.
In the early morning hours of that fateful October morning, Irvin, a decorated black belt and acclaimed instructor in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, awoke to find two armed gunman who had entered his home through a broken window standing over him as he slept on the sofa in his living room.
Doing as he was told, Irvin went upstairs and woke up his wife, his then-four-year-old son, and his houseguest and student, UFC fighter Brandon Vera who had been training with Master Lloyd for his upcoming UFC 89 fight with Keith Jardine in Manchester a few days later.
The gunmen separated the group and as soon the two men were apart, Irvin seized the opportunity to strike. Utilizing the same weapon defense techniques he had taught police and military personnel, Irvin disarmed one of the assailants after removing the clip from his gun.
"I’m not layin’ down for nobody. I saved my life, I saved my family’s life…The opportunity flashed, I went for it," Irvin says. "I was able to make the cartridge come out, I was able to take the gun from the guy. And once I got the gun from him, he ran out."
Both men fled the scene and were not apprehended until recently. The case was inexplicably stamped "nolle prossed" or no longer being pursued by prosecutors earlier this year, as were several other charges against the suspect according to court records, which may indicate they are using their resources to investigate the more serious murder charges .
According to the WUSA9 report, the yet-to-be-named suspect is being held on federal gun charges pending indictment in at least one, or as many as five murder cases.
The scary part is that, had the incident happened a few days later, Irvin and Vera would have been in Manchester and the outcome may have been very different for Lloyd’s wife Vicki and young son, who is still suffering from anxiety because of the incident.
The reality isn’t lost on Mrs. Irvin, who is counting her blessings even more now that news of the suspect’s alleged grisly criminal deeds have surfaced.
"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.