31-year-old Rich Dennis was shocked to see two men wearing hockey masks just outside his bedroom door. So shocked that he thought it must be his brother playing a prank on him. That's when he noticed both men were armed.
Rich yelled out to his brother Kevin, a combat veteran with tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan, "We're being robbed, we're being robbed".
It was around 3:00 yesterday morning (July 23rd) when the two 15-year-olds wearing hockey masks entered the brother's New London, Connecticut house. The teens didn't know it yet, but they had picked the wrong target.
Seeing Rich, one of the two immediately bolted down the stairs and fled the home. The other teen wasn't so fast and ended in a scuffle with Rich at the bottom of the stairs.
That's when Rich was able to call out to Kevin that the intruder had a gun. While Kevin quickly grabbed his handgun and came to help, Rich was being pistol whipped and hit on the back with the cowboy style six-shooter the teen was armed with.
That fight came to an abrupt end when the teen looked down the barrel of Kevin's handgun and was ordered to the floor. Game over. The teen then began crying and begging for Kevin to call police.
I guess he decided he was better off with the police than with the pissed off combat veteran holding him at gunpoint.
The brothers called 911 and the teen was taken into custody and charged with home invasion, first-degree burglary, second-degree assault with a firearm, first-degree threatening and carrying a pistol without a permit.
Kevin seemed frustrated with the incident, "I fought, now I'm home. And now I gotta deal with 14-year-olds running around with guns? I already fought over there, my fights over... but obviously not."
Rich went to work after getting medical treatment but left due to head and back pain - you think?
Just 3 months ago the brother's home was targeted and the thieves got away with guns, ammo, and computers.
"If there's gonna be a third one, you better bring your A-game, I'll tell you that much," Kevin told reporters.