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Florida homeowner trained in jiu-jitsu bloodies suspected burglar

Posted: 7:17 PM, Feb 25, 2017
Updated: 2017-02-25 19:17:40-05

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Brian Burch is a burglar’s worst nightmare — the Florida homeowner is not just a large, powerful man, but he also happens to be skilled in the martial art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Josue Ortiz faces multiple charges after a homeowner trained in jiu-jitsu allegedly found him stealing tools. (Lee County Sheriff’s Office)

Josue Ortiz chose the wrong house to break into Tuesday, Lee County deputies told WBBH . Ortiz allegedly saw the door to Burch’s garage left open and slipped in, lifting multiple tools and loading them into his vehicle.

Burch said he went outside after hearing a noise and confronted Ortiz, who he said was holding his jackhammer and airgun cases. “He told me that the boss sent him over here to pick up tools to finish a job,” Burch recalled Ortiz saying.

When Burch started questioning his explanation, Ortiz tried to take off running, but failed to slip out of the jiu-jitsu student’s grasp.

“Once we got to the ground, he started pushing and fighting me, and I hit him one time,” Burch said. “If the kids had been here, I probably would have been even angrier.”

Ortiz suffered a broken nose, swollen lip and black eye in the altercation, according to WBBH. A neighbor called 911, and Burch held Ortiz on the ground until authorities arrived.

Deputies arrested Ortiz on charges of burglary and grand theft and booked him into Lee County jail.