“I just happened to glance over and saw this huge chainsaw ripping down the side of my door.”

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

The FBI takes the isolated incident into horror-film territory.

It’s going to be a while before things get back to normal for Judy Sanchez and her three-year-old daughter.

Last Thursday, a team of FBI agents swarmed her apartment building as part of a massive citywide drug and weapons gang raid.

Trouble is, Sanchez lives in apartment 2R.

The suspect they were after is in 2F.

At 6:04 last Thursday morning, just before Sanchez’ alarm was set to go off, she heard a pounding outside her second floor apartment.

“I just happened to glance over and saw this huge chainsaw ripping down the side of my door,” she explains. “And I was freaking out. I didn’t know what was going on.”

Within moments, the chainsaw had cut through most of her door, and someone on the FBI’s arrest team kicked the rest of it in.

“That’s when I heard the clicking of a gun and I heard ‘FBI, get down!’, so I laid right on down.

If the purpose of these raids is to take dangerous people by surprise before they can shoot back at police, how exactly does taking the door down with a chainsaw fit that strategy?

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60 Responses to ““I just happened to glance over and saw this huge chainsaw ripping down the side of my door.””

  1. #1 |  Burgers Allday | 

    I would think it was police if they had, say four vehicles, lights flashing and sirens blaring full blast parked all around my building (as close as possible to the building and a policemanman with a bullhorn who kept saying at 10 second intervals “this is the FBI” through the bull horn (bull horn should be turned on).

    It is not impossible for police (or FBI) to announce in a manner that will be heard and understood. They just don’t try.

  2. #2 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    I didn’t see anyone else make note but this was a crappy apartment with to-be-expected crappy doors. I can ass-bump open a door in 1/4 second without all the other issues of operating a fucking chainsaw.

    Valid reasons to use chainsaw to open a door = 0.

    And, as a guy who safely operates a chainsaw I cannot imagine how to safely cut open a door.

  3. #3 |  qwerty42 | 

    Hey, let’s look at the bright side: they didn’t shoot the dog. Which is practically de rigueur for these events.

  4. #4 |  Vindi | 

    Couldn’t the cops have simply beat on the door? Why all the drama? I sorta think it’s all an effort to “condition” the American public, to think this is “normal”…this is the way they do it? Of course it’s nuts, but then again… nothing else makes much sense….not anymore!!

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  5. #5 |  Sinchy | 

    Stories like this really should be brought out into the open by national news outlets and not relegated to the local news websites. I would love to see Robert Muller asked by ABC news about the use of a chain saw. It’s a freakin embarrassment.

  6. #6 |  MikeP | 

    It was likely a quick saw. They are used for metal doors, sturdy doors that open outward and reinforced doors and doors that just generally can’t be knocked in that easily.

  7. #7 |  Brent | 

    I guess the FBI doesn’t have a sense of humor. Yesterday on the FBI Community Relations Facebook page I posted a link to the original article and left the comment “I don’t think this is going to help your community relations.” Today I notice that they deleted the link and blocked me from commenting on anything.

  8. #8 |  albatross | 

    Yeah, just in general, I’m having a hell of a time thinking of how a chainsaw made sense here. Among other things, if I had a loaded gun in my possession, and someone started hacking through my door with a chainsaw, I imagine I’d shoot at them, too. How could anyone even hope to hear “FBI” or “police” over that noise? And how did the chainsaw guy avoid hitting metal parts in the door? Isn’t that kinda dangerous?

    My first guess here is that lots and lots of SWAT team actions are basically people living out their action movie fantasies with real humans as victims. And as these stories continue to come out, there will be more and more backlash. In another ten years, going to court with a police abuse case after a botched SWAT raid is going to be damned expensive, because every potential juror will have seen footage of these raids going bad.

  9. #9 |  Joe in Missouri | 

    FBI the wonderful people who shot Vicky Weaver in the head as she held her baby att Ruby Ridge and chopped the hands and feet off of Gordon Kahl while he was still alive. Paragons of virtue the unconstitutional and criminal FBI.


  10. #10 |  Jay | 

    My stomach really started churning when I thought about someone leaning up against the door. “Teenager brutally chainsawed to death by police breaking into wrong address.”