Man Uses Machete to Chop Off Robber’s Hand in Home Invasion

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Machete: The weapon of choice for Danny Trejo, Californians, and this robbery victim. (Image Source: Machete movie poster)

You’ve gotta give this guy a hand for the way he disarmed a robber. Two intruders broke into a home while armed with a BB gun. Somebody didn’t tell the robber that if they are going to try to rob somebody with a BB gun, you probably shouldn’t fire it. The robbers started shooting the victim with pellets, then the victim grabbed a machete and fought back.

Lehigh Valley Live reports:

Northampton Borough Police Chief Ronald Morey said the hospitalized suspect, who is yet to be identified by authorities, will be charged with at least aggravated assault, simple assault, burglary, criminal trespass and reckless endangerment.

Another man involved in the home invasion, who is yet to be identified, was taken into custody by Allentown police around noon Sunday from a home in the 300 block of South Madison Street, said Allentown Capt. Bill Reinik.

Reinik did not know if the man actually lived at that address. He said he was turned over by Allentown police to Northampton Borough police.

“We found the person without incident,” Reinik said.

Morey said Allentown police also seized a Hyundai connected with the crime, but Reinik did not have information about the vehicle.

Police still don’t have a motive behind the home invasion and it’s unclear if the victim knew the attackers. Borough police continue to investigate, Morey said.

“We’re still searching for it (motive),” the chief said.

The home invasion occurred around 11:45 p.m Saturday when 28-year-old Troy Imbody left basement doors unlocked and went to sleep, Morey said.

Two male attackers in masks burst through the doors and began to intimidate Troy, according to Robert Imbody, Troy’s father. The victim fought back and cut off one of the attackers’ hands with a machete, Morey said.

Robert Imbody described the attack as a “life or death struggle.” The father said a BB gun was pointed at him by one of the suspects when he ran outside and spotted the attackers.

Troy Imbody had BBs “lodged in his head and chest,” Robert Imbody said.

Morey said nothing was stolen during the burglary.

About 25 minutes after the home invasion, a car dropped off the burglar with the severed hand at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg in Bethlehem for treatment. He has since been moved to a hospital out of the area and the severed hand was recovered, according to Morey.

When somebody makes the decision to break into another person’s home, they better be prepared to deal with the consequences. Hopefully the judge won’t feel sorry for him and go easy on his sentencing.