A hero homeowner who is a hero single-handedly fought a gang of five robbers who used his martial arts skills after breaking into his home with MACHETES.
David Pugh, 55, was married at first sight and had been sleeping when the thugs stormed his house demanding cash before they started attacking his teenage son and 20-week-old puppy.
He jumped into action and bravely struggled with his bare hands against the masked men, even though they were armed with machetes as well as baseball bats and golf clubs.
Incredibly, he managed to send the gang empty-handed from his detached house on leafy Catherine-de-Barnes, Solihull, West Mids., After a ten minute fight.
But graphic photos show the extent of David’s injuries after suffering a broken nose and facial injuries that bravely defended his home.
He woke up to find the balaclavas clad men at the top of the stairs after they crashed into the £ 400,000 property around 3 a.m. Tuesday morning.
David, who is trained in Israeli Krav Maga self-defense struggle, said “Instinct took over” when he found them attacking his 17-year-old son and Rottweiler puppy, Zeus.
The sales manager said he then helped rescue his son while repelling other attackers, and repelled them by throwing bottles with razors and chairs.
The father of two said, “At 3am there was a loud bang when they smashed the patio doors to get in, but I thought Zeus knocked something over.
“When I got out of bed completely naked, I approached the door and it was kicked in.
“It took off with a bang and there were four or five guys on the landing in balaclavas.
“The men kept shouting” Where’s the money? Give us your money.
“I grabbed the first pair I could, it turned into a brawl and fight. I just packed what I could and hit them with aftershave bottles and chairs.
“I was hit repeatedly on the head – they had machetes, a baseball bat, and a golf club.
“I tried desperately to get into my son’s room. But my head was cracked so many that I was soaked in blood.
“We could only assume they saw this, realized we had no money, and thought we went too far and got out of here.
“You must have thought you half killed me. Looking back, we were probably pretty lucky.
“We have a puppy and he was hit on the head, he ran into the garden, he fell into the canal – he was hypothermic.
“A guy named Andy, a canoeist, found him and took him to Birmingham Dogs Home and warmed him up.
“We left the hospital and took him to the vets and sewed him up.
“He’s traumatized my boy, it’s traumatized, the police said it was one of the most brutal attacks on a house they’d ever seen.
“You left with nothing, which is the only silver lining.
“They kicked every door, all frames gone, every closet they went through, and quickly rummaged through everything they could.
“We’re like most people, we have a television and most of the little things and what’s in your wallet – but that’s about it.
“I got a few hits on the head and my son got a cut on the head too, he tried to fend them off.
“He’s been hit by bat about three times and can barely walk, his knee is swollen and we thought his arm was broken, but he’s badly injured.
“The consequences of this are terrible.
“I don’t think I’ll have a full night of sleep for long, I’ll be on my breath the whole time.
“You don’t expect anything like that in your house.”
A West Midlands Police spokesman said: “Police were made aware of a break-in at an address on Lugtrout Lane, Catherine de Barnes, at 3:09 am after a group of men forced their way into the property and attacked inmates.
“The officers arrived eight minutes after calling 999. House-to-house investigations were being conducted, video surveillance was being investigated and items were being retrieved for forensic analysis.
“The investigation continues and anyone with information is requested to call West Midlands Police on 101 using protocol number 204 13/2.”