Man captures on video the terrifying moment his neighbor hacks through door with a machete

After chopping down his neighbor’s front door with a machete last February, Twain Thomas was sentenced to 15 years last week in prison for attempted murder. Amazingly, the entire act was caught on video.

From KIDK:

On Feb. 22, police were called to the 200 block of South Garfield, where Thomas had been threatening neighbors that apartment complex with a machete.

When Thomas broke into the downstairs apartment of James Cvengros and his girlfriend Kaila Gearhart, Cvengros shot Thomas.

Cvengros’ action was ruled as self-defense.

Cvengros had a camera rolling to document the commotion after seeing glass flying from the upstairs apartment onto the cars parked below. He said once he heard unusually concerning noises coming from the apartment upstairs, he started documenting the commotion using his digital camera, not realizing that camera would soon serve as a witness to what was about to take place in his apartment.

“If he hadn’t been shot at that time, then we would be looking at a murder case, not an attempted murder case,” Cvengros said.

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Thomas pled guilty to one count of second degree attempted murder and aggravated assault. He was sentenced to “five years fixed and 10 years indeterminate.”

Watch Cvengros’ video of the incident below:



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    January 20, 2015 at 11:40 am

    “chopped” down his door “with a machete”…he walked through that door with zero resistance. pretty sure that was a closet door…how’d they even hang a deadbolt on it?
    The pistol, on the other hand, seemed to be of heavier construction.

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    January 20, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Maybe I’m just a natural skeptic but this seems staged. I’ve never seen a door that flimsy even in some of the flop houses and boarding rooms I’ve lived in. And this guy must have know he was coming for him. And everything about the entrance and shooting are too convenient. He comes in wielding a machete, saying “im gonna kill you” while Cvenros yells “Ive got a gun!!” Like it’s set up to make the gun owner look like a hero. Also I can’t find any articles on the original incident a year ago. All I see are recent verdict decisions from a few days ago. You would think this video would have already been popular last year. And why would it take a whole year to convict on what obviously looks like self-defense? Hmmm….interesting..

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    Douglass Cool

    January 20, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    I agree 100% Sure does look staged to me too…

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