Originally published February 13 2012
FBI rips through innocent woman's door with a chainsaw
by J. D. Heyes
(NaturalNews) One thing's for sure, life for Fitchburg, Mass., resident Judy Sanchez and her three-year-old daughter will never be quite the same, thanks to appallingly bad intelligence - and judgment - used recently by a team of FBI agents.
In late January, a team of agents launched a city-wide hunt for a drug and weapons gang. As part of the operation, agents swarmed Sanchez's building in the hopes of nabbing one of their suspects.
Some of the agents gathered in front of Apartment 2R. They revved up the chainsaw they brought with them to cut through the front door and buzzed away.
The only problem is the guy they were looking for lives in Apartment 2F. So all they found was a very stunned Sanchez and her daughter.
It all began shortly after 6 a.m. Sanchez, 29, told local media she heard a pounding on her door just before her alarm was set to go off.
"I just happened to glance over and saw this huge chainsaw ripping down the side of my door," she said. "And I was freaking out. I didn't know what to do."
It only took a few moments for the chainsaw to chew through most of the door. Then, an agent on the FBI's arrest team kicked in what remained, further traumatizing the occupants, no doubt. But the traumatizing didn't end there.
"That's when I heard the clicking of a gun and I heard 'FBI, get down!', so I laid right on down," Sanchez said.
Agents even traumatized the family pet.
"[T]hey said get your dog, so I got her and at the same time I am laying in her urine because she did pee on herself at the same time," said Sanchez. That's saying something, considering the family dog is a three-month-old Pit Bull.
Not content at the level of terror already inflicted - again, wrongly - agents made Sanchez lay prostrate on the floor for 35 minutes, while her daughter cried for her in another room. One report said Sanchez was forced to lay in the dog's urine.
"I was told not to move, so I didn't move," she said, adding she feared she would be shot if she did move.
Getting it Right
Finally, after what likely seemed an eternity for Sanchez and her family, the feds realized they were in the wrong place, so they left and arrested the right person.
Sanchez was left shaking her head and wondering how, after a two-year investigation, the FBI couldn't even pick the right apartment.
"The looks on their faces when they knew they got the wrong door was priceless," she said, adding they looked "dumbfounded."
Later in the day, Sanchez said an agent came by to apologize, but to her it seemed half-hearted and less than genuine.
"For me it felt routine apology, it felt like just a regular, 'I'm sorry for the inconvenience. Here's the phone number for your landlord to get reimbursed for the door, have a good day,'" she said.
"I don't think it's good enough," she told a local newspaper. "It's a start."
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