Skip to comments.Fitchburg woman and daughter 'terrified' as saw rips down door after getting wrong address
Posted on 01/31/2012 7:07:49 PM PST by 6SJ7
FITCHBURG -- It was a horror movie come to life.
Judy Sanchez woke Thursday to the sound of heavy footsteps in her stairwell, followed by a loud motor. She got to her kitchen in time to see the blade of a chain saw rip through her front door.
"It was so crazy," Judy Sanchez said. "I was terrified."
Jan. 26 was the day of Operation Red Wolf, a multiagency sweep during which 16 people in Fitchburg were arrested on charges related to gang activity, drug trafficking and illegal gun sales after a two-year investigation by federal, state and local law-enforcement officers.
The people sawing through her door were FBI agents, looking for a gang member suspected of trafficking cocaine. But they went to the wrong address.
Sanchez said the ordeal traumatized her and her 3-year-old daughter, Ji'anni, and she is unsatisfied with the agency's response to the error.
About 10 FBI agents came into her apartment at 391 Elm St., that morning, guns drawn and pointed at her. There was no knock, and they didn't shout that they were from the FBI until after the saw was buzzing through her six-panel front door, she said.
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Much better than shooting her dog.
it’s stories like this that create Ron Paul supporters.
I wonder what state Fitchburg is in.
There is a Fitchburg in Wisconsin, but I don’t recognise the name of the newspaper.
Sadly, the head in the sand , stuck in the mud, neo/faux/RINO types will not understand your post.
FBI = Famous But Incompetent!
Apparently there were two apartments on the floor, one marked F for front and the other R for rear. The man the FBI wanted was in the other apartment which apparently wasn’t even being covered while Sanchez’ apartment was being sawed into.
She probably stands a fair chance of recovering damages, but it will be difficult.
Mistakes like this arise out of two problems ~ the agent leading the raid has no idea how to verify an address on the USPS.com site, or how to case the area using GoogleEarth.
Much of this arises out of their misperception that using these tools will somehow violate the 4th Amendment by not getting an administrative warrant (at least) to look at the standard data bases.
The lady will get a new door out of this.
I have never seen a chainsaw used to serve a warrant. I wouldn’t think it would be safe, not to mention ineffective if you came upon an armored door. What ever happened to having the biggest guy in your team hit it with a battering ram?
So...what if she had emptied her .44mag into the sawer...which I would have done for sure...
Who the **** chainsaws into doors...
The city is in Mass-a-chew-shitts.
In this case it was at the same building, but the other apartment of the two that shared the floor.
I keep wondering, why not have a harmless looking person like a mailman or a Jehovah’s Witness knock on the door and get the occupant to open it — THEN the police spring?
I didn’t see a sarc tag so I will answer Fitchburg, Mass.
Hmm.. If I woke up to a chainsaw coming through my door, there’d probably be lead going back through it.
The Mittster state. By all means Mitt should be asked about this one. (Even if it wasn’t Masshole police.)
Dang, I would be dead, cause I would empty half a clip of my M1A through the door. I just kinda assume that Police are supposed to knock and serve a warrent.
I just am not used to the new Nazi Amerika...
Note to self, buy a bullet proof, steel reinforced door to teach Nazi’s to knock.
Good chance I’d have emptied a .357 into the proximity of the chainsaw without checking to see who’s on the other side.
Wonder how that would have worked out?
They announced AFTER starting to saw on the door? How the Hell is that behavior calculated to alert the occupant that they are legitimate LEOs acting on a warrant? On those facts it would take me about 10 seconds to decide to acquit anyone who blew those bastards away in the process of committing their home invasion.
Similar to Sheriff Dupnick/Dipshit of Az. sending SWAT in to a service members home.
Reason #1,234,811 to end the WOD and let people do what they are going to do.
And not a day goes by without a congressman or legislator looking to give themselves more power to keep people from smoking a doobie and eating corn chips.
Always check the keyword tags at the bottom of the article. Most posters put the state in there.
In this case it indicates MA
You know, you oughta get that door looked at. Heh heh heh.
“I would empty half a clip of my M1A through the door.” Why send 10 rounds when you can send 21 rounds through the door and surrounding walls.
This was a case of correct building, even correct floor. But of two doors to choose from, they picked the wrong one and to all appearances left the correct one alone! If they later caught him, it wasn’t for lack of telltale hubbub.
Dang, I’d be dead because if I see a chainsaw coming through a wall or door, they’re going to get Saigafied..
And of course, after I’m dead, they would lie, and say they announced they were the FBI.
fire them all
“The chainsaw adds a nice south of the border Narco touch to the entry (terror effect).”
Tony Montana approved!!!
I think the only way the fbi is going to learn is when they take home a pile of dead agents. When you knock on the wrong house, do not announce yourself, they are acting illegally and deserve to be blown away as the homeowner believes a home invasion is occurring.
A semi auto shotgun would have launched 8 rounds at them in a few seconds.
This stunt of running a chainsaw in an enclosed hall also could have gotten the Feebs asphyxiated, it seems to me. Unless it was a plug-in electric unit.
It won’t be c-4 proof. Problem is they will just escalate. Better to put a couple surprises along the way for them so they take themselves out.
How the hell are you supposed to hear “fbi” over a freaking chain saw gutting your door.
What would probably actually ensue would be an ugly firefight in which later the Feebs would claim they hollered “Police” before ever starting the saw, and nobody could prove otherwise. And if the occupant of the apartment lived by some miracle, he would soon find himself on death row courtesy the Feds if not the state where it happened.
You don’t get it. The WOD became the justification for SWAT. They said they’d go after gangs and fortified drug houses.
The real deal is creating internal paramilitary teams. State Dept. Publication 5277, Freedom From War.
In this case I’d shoot through the walls around the door. Normally not unless I knew where my family was.
For best effect, you’d need to guess what was chest and head level and go for that.
I’d also never be without my attack cats, which had been trained (through ample use of tuna fish and sardines) to claw through black Kevlar face masks and cling to faces. Dogs are for the birds.
I’d be dead because I’d be shooting. A chainsaw!?
Sounds like they went to terrorist think tanks. Headed by terrorists.
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