VA MMA gym owner hits, takesdown, mounts intruder

by Ron Counts | source:

A local mixed martial arts instructor thwarted an apparent break-in attempt early Wednesday morning at his home in Lake of the Woods, Virginia.

Eric Zamora, owner and head trainer at Zamora Boxing Gym in Culpeper, said he was laying on the floor watching TV in his home at 3420 Lakeview Parkway around 1:30 a.m. with his wife, Jenny, sleeping in the same room when he heard footsteps on the back deck.

“At first I just thought it was a raccoon or possum because we have trouble with them out here,” Zamora said. “But then I stood up and saw some guy looking in at me through the glass door.”

Zamora said the man began yelling and cursing and demanding to be let in the house. Zamora then said he dialed Lake of the Woods security before waking up his wife and handing her the phone.

“I kept thinking that I don’t know what this guy wants, but I have to keep him out of the house but keep him here until the cops come because I don’t want him coming back,” Zamora said.

After unsuccessfully trying to yank open the back door, Zamora said the would-be intruder ran away just to reappear in the front yard moments later, where he continued to curse and demand entry into the house.

With his 22-month and 3-month-old daughters and his wife in the house, Zamora decided to step outside and confront the man he described as, “angry and smelling of alcohol.”

“Most people probably say you shouldn’t go outside, but my thing was that if nobody stops him he could easily come back,” said Zamora, who reiterated he called Lake of the Woods security twice before confronting the man.

Once outside, Zamora demanded the man to leave his property before being accosted with a threat. “He said, ‘If you don’t move and let me in the house I’m going to knock you the F--- out,” Zamora recounted.

According to Zamora, the man then took an aggressive step toward him before Zamora struck him with a punch, knocking him to the ground.

When the man stood, Zamora took him to the ground, maneuvered to full mount.

Zamora said he held the man there until Lake of the Woods security showed up and took him into custody before turning him over to Orange County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

“There was no reaction, it was just instinctive,” Zamora said. “My thought was, ‘you’re not getting through me because I have females in the house.’ If I had to die defending my family then so be it.”

Zamora said he was interviewed by Lake of the Woods security and OCSO deputies, who assured him he did the right thing.

“They told me they understood because I was defending my home and family,” said Zamora, who just moved from Culpeper to Lake of the Woods with his family in August.

Zamora said this was the first time he ever felt he was forced to defend his home, but even doing so successfully doesn’t take away the uneasy feeling that remains.

“We have lived in places with much less security and that are much more accessible and this happens after we moved into a gated community,” Zamora said. “It’s just crazy.”

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jim dwyer site profile image  

1/25/12 7:41 PM by jim dwyer

Thank-you, that makes a bit more sense now!

Damasta Shonuff site profile image  

1/25/12 7:16 PM by Damasta Shonuff

Gated communities in California are usually just housing tracts with either a manned guard shack or a coded gate that vehicles have to go thru to get into the tracts. Almost all of them have unmonitored pedestrian access. So it would be easy for the drunk guy to get in.As for the security, not sure why he bothered unless it was cause the guy wasnt much of a threat at first. They are rentacops that dont even carry guns most of the time. You call them, they call the police and try to detain people until the real law enforcement gets there. The security guys really have no power and usually dont give a shit.

Damasta Shonuff site profile image  

1/25/12 7:11 PM by Damasta Shonuff

Any other time I would agree with you. Everyone is so quick to use a gun when fists would do. But this situation isnt one where someone's manhood was questioned. This situation involved his family. When the lives of your family is involved its no longer a matter of fighting like a man, you have to stop the threat as fast as possible. I really hate the use of guns, but if that guy had blasted that intruder and I was on the jury I would never have let a guilty verdict go thru. I dont give a shit if this is a jilted lover or what, you dont go confronting people at night at their home with their wife and kids inside.

William Colosimo site profile image  

1/25/12 5:11 PM by William Colosimo

My sister in law has a habit of leaving the house doors unlocked. She was home alone one night and some drunk guy walks in (mistaking the house for his) and falls asleep on the couch. The sister in law runs outside screaming and the guy next door runs over with his shotgun. No one got hurt in the end

DoomFarmer site profile image  

1/25/12 4:56 PM by DoomFarmer

Jesus Christ you are fickle.Are you a former officer of some sort?You cool with a random drunk fuck threatening you and trying to forcefully enter your home?

Jumbo Reverse Shrimp site profile image  

1/25/12 2:43 PM by Jumbo Reverse Shrimp

 LOL, it's is goning to be funny how this turns out. I didn't see the intruder's name. And yeah, drunk people do sometimes get a bit lost.

Stephen Eakin site profile image  

1/7/12 12:55 AM by Stephen Eakin

Props to him for handling it. Can't imagine how I would act in the same situation. I tried to stab a guy climbing through my window with a sword I won at NAGA

onepunchJD site profile image  

1/6/12 10:47 PM by onepunchJD

I hate to step an anybody's pop tarts here..But going outside to confront the drunk was a tactical mistake.Sure, everybody loves the Hollywood ending where the man of the house goes outside, in front of his family and the neighbors, and teaches the "bad guy" a lesson. In a perfect world, this would always be a good and realistic option.But in the real world, things don't always work that way.In another scenario... The man of the house goes outside to confront the bad guy. But just after he walks onto his lawn, the bad guys buddy jumps out of the bushes, and bashes our hero's skull with a pipe. Now unconscious, our hero is unable to protect his family. He is lucky enough to survive the blow.. But when he wakes up in the hospital, he is unlucky enough to hear how his children were brutally murdered in front of his wife, before she was raped and murdered. The bad guys were eventually gunned down by the Police, after their drug induced bravado convinced them to resist. Our hero wakes up to an empty life, without a family, or a chance at justice. He has to live with his mistake.The point is.. a lone man protecting his family, belongs WITH his family if he is to protect them. Most men would die fighting for their family if they had to, but this is a last resort. You never know what somebody might be capable of. No matter how tough and well trained you might be... Rolling around with some drunk on your front lawn is not a good way to protect your family.This guy is lucky things turned out like they did.

jim dwyer site profile image  

1/6/12 8:37 AM by jim dwyer

As, someone put it earlier, a fucktard Brit..... can someone explain to me the phenomenon of Gated communities.  My understanding was that they're housing estates which come with their own security force, so why did he have to wait so long for them to arrive, two calls - i.e. how big are the estates, well staffed are the security guards? Incidentally, I don't think it's a great idea to include his name and full address in the story, that's just asking for some lowlife to apply for a loan in his name....?  **** edited for fucktard brit spelling **** 

onepunchJD site profile image  

1/5/12 8:19 PM by onepunchJD

That was my initial thought... did this guy "know" his wife?drama


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