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This is freakin awesome! If you can't have a gun...carry a katana.

http://www.waaytv.com/Global/story.asp?S=11135596

College student with sword kills burglary suspect

Posted: Sep 15, 2009 02:49 PM

Updated: Sep 15, 2009 05:30 PM
By BEN NUCKOLS
Associated Press Writer

BALTIMORE (AP) - A Johns Hopkins University student armed with a samurai sword killed a suspected burglar in a garage behind his off-campus home early Tuesday, hours after someone broke in and stole electronics.

Some shocked neighbors said they heard bloodcurdling screams in an area just blocks from the university. Police held the student, a junior chemistry major who turns 21 on Sunday, for several hours, but no charges were filed by early afternoon, said police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

Around 1:20 a.m., the student heard noises behind the home and noticed a door to the garage was open, Guglielmi said. He grabbed the sword and confronted the intruder, who was crouching beneath a counter.

The student asked the suspect what he was doing and threatened to call police.

"When he said that, the suspect lunged at him, kind of forced the kid against the wall, and he struck him with the sword," Guglielmi said.

The intruder's left hand was nearly severed - Guglielmi described it as "hanging on by a thread" - and the man suffered a severe cut to the upper body. The 49-year-old suspect, whom police described as a habitual offender, died at thescene.

On Monday, two laptops and a Sony PlayStation were stolen from the student's home, which he shares with three other students, but police were not sure whether the slain suspect was responsible, Guglielmi said.

There was a pool of blood Tuesday morning in the brick courtyard between the back porch of the home and the garage. The courtyard was strewn with debris, including what looked like broken glass.

Guglielmi did not know why the student kept a sword. He said he may have had some martial arts training, but was not an expert.

Police had not yet released the suspect's name because they were having trouble locating his relatives. Guglielmi said he had 29 prior arrests, mostly for burglary and breaking and entering, and had been released Saturday from a Baltimore County jail after serving about a year for auto theft.

Several nearby residents said the community has experienced a rash of petty crimes in recent months, including home, garage and vehicle break-ins. Many homes have bars on windows and stickers advertising alarm systems.

Michael Hughes, 43, said he was getting ready for bed when he heard the screams.

"There was fear in the voice. I could tell someone was scared," Hughes said.

Hughes called 911, and several police cars arrived while he was on the phone. Campus security officers and an off-duty city officer who were in the area responding to a suspicious person report also heard the screams.

The diverse neighborhood includes a mix of students, professors and families, said Hughes, who lives with his wife and young children and works for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, which is on another campus across town.

"There seems to be a noticeable increase in crime in the neighborhood," Hughes said. "I am concerned for my family's safety."

Kenny Eaton, 20, a junior political science major at Hopkins who lives nearby, said there was some tension between students and lower-income residents of nearby communities. The private Johns Hopkins is known for its health and science research and has about 4,600 undergraduates on its main campus.

"You take kids who are paying $50,000 a year (in tuition) and then put them out in a very dangerous city environment, it's almost like a clash of civilizations," he said.

Three young men, including one in a Hopkins T-shirt, were sitting on the front porch of the home Tuesday morning. A police officer was standing in the doorway, and a single police car was parked nearby. The men refused to talk to an Associated Press reporter.

Susan Boswell, the dean of student life at Hopkins, said in a statement that she was "relieved to report that the student was not harmed," but she also advised other students not to follow the swordsman's example.

"If you ever suspect that there is a prowler in your residence or on your property, call 911 immediately," Boswell said. "Experts advise that you do not attempt to confront the intruder, but rather secure yourself in a locked area until police arrive."

As in most states, self-defense in Maryland is defined by common law rather than by statute. People who confront intruders inside their homes have a greater degree of latitude to use force, and prosecutors consider whether to file charges in such incidents on a case-by-case basis.

"One can genuinely and reasonably be in fear of one's own safety even if the burglar is unarmed," said Andrew D. Levy, a Baltimore defense attorney and an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland School of Law. "But nonetheless, it would be something that a good prosecutor would consider."

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When he said that, the suspect lunged at him, kind of forced the kid against the wall, and he struck him with the sword," Guglielmi said.


Plain case of self defence if there ever was one!!
 

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Guglielmi did not know why the student kept a sword.
I'd say it was pretty friggin' obvious why he kept the sword!!! Because a shaolin spade is too unwieldy to use in the garage...

If more people went kung-fu on these jokers, I bet home invasions would drop drastically.
 

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wow that is just freekin awsome. Almost cut his hand clean off. Thats nice
 

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"If you ever suspect that there is a prowler in your residence or on your property, call 911 immediately," Boswell said. "Experts advise that you do not attempt to confront the intruder, but rather secure yourself in a locked area until police arrive."
Wait.. didn't he tried to call 911 and the burglar tried to attack him. I wouldn't give a damn if the police was in the area... the kid didn't have time to reach the phone, let alone retreat to a "Safe" place... And I doubt that he knew the cops were in the area. Not to mention the perp just got out a few days ago... Serves the jackass right!
 

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Ya know, in England they have outlawed swords, as since they outlawed guns, Brits started killing each other with swords and what they call "Long Blades".

Good for the guy defending himself and his home, but damn, what a gruesome death.
 

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Good for the guy defending himself and his home, but damn, what a gruesome death.
I don't think anybody will try to break into his house again lol.
Dudes gonna have the rep of a major BA now. Good for him though.
 

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i wanna see a pic. i hope this kids a total nerd, LOL. nothing would make my day more than a nerd with a katana slicing up an attempted burgler....LOL
That would be great, wearing like a Dungeons and Dragon's Gi. Ah man.
 

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i wanna see a pic. i hope this kids a total nerd, LOL. nothing would make my day more than a nerd with a katana slicing up an attempted burgler....LOL
That would be great, wearing like a Dungeons and Dragon's Gi. Ah man.
like his shirt is just a solid color and says "armor class 10" on the front, LOL
 
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