Career criminal, Richard Melville, made an unfortunate choice and paid the price when he broke into a home in Menomonee, Wisconsin.

Melville had no way of knowing that the new owner was professional martial arts fighter, Dan LaSavage, who had no intention of allowing his home to be burglarized, especially with his 3-year-old daughter asleep in the house.

LaSavage, who was known by the name “Savage” during his professional days, discovered the intruder after strange noises woke him on the first night in his new home. “I turned around and he was right here. He popped up and had crazy eyes.”

"Savage" said Melville didn’t respond “with words” when asked what he was doing in his house, and after that, the martial arts expert’s knew what to do.

“He came head first and I dug my arm underneath. Basically, within five to six seconds of a tight choke hold like that, you’re going to pass out.”

He dragged the would-be burglar out of the house to the porch and took a photo of the still unconscious Melville when the police arrived. He was charged with felony burglary, as well as possession of drug paraphernalia.

Melville might have been unlucky in his choice of homes to break into, but he was fortunate LaSavage was well-schooled in the martial arts and used only necessary force to stop him. As LaSavage pointed out, Melville might not have fared as well against a homeowner armed with a gun, rather than one who used his hands.

“I did beat him pretty good, but I beat him with mercy. I just wanted to make sure he wasn’t going to do what he came here for and make sure he’d never come back.”

LaSavage owns Combat Corner, a martial arts equipment company in Menomonee, about 20 miles northwest of Milwaukee.

He says his mission is to teach others how to defend themselves. “If people can do that, it will put them in a much better situation than just hoping someone else is going to protect them or save them.”

See more at: WISN

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