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Well-executed wrist lock disarms alleged party crasher

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A dispute involving an unwanted guest in Daly City last year will make parents want to enroll their children in karate classes, prosecutors said.

A man is accused of crashing a party in the open garage of a home on Price Street with two friends on March 3, 2009, and pulling a .380 semiautomatic handgun on a victim who asked him to leave.

Wrong move, prosecutors said. The victim happened to be a mixed martial arts expert, they said.

Not soon after the drunken party crasher yelled, “I’ll kill you, I’ll shoot you,” the so-called victim “promptly executed a flawless wrist lock, nearly breaking the suspect’s wrist, and then disarmed him,” prosecutors said.

The suspect fled, but an off-duty federal agent who witnessed the event called cops. The suspect was found several houses away, “throwing up in the neighbor’s yard,” prosecutors said.

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The accused, Gregory McFarland Jr., 23, was scheduled to return to court Monday to set a jury trial date. The prosecution had already rested its case on Aug. 19, 2009, after two days of jury trial, but a mistrial was called after two jury members complained that a friend of the defendant was intimidating them, prosecutors said.

The friend was “taking their pictures with a cell phone camera and commented on trying to intimidate the jurors,” prosecutors said.

The defense attorney said this is a case of mistaken identity, that McFarland was not the man with the gun, prosecutors said.


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