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#1 GuilewasNK

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 12:52 PM

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CNN) -- A Johns Hopkins University student killed an apparent burglar with a samurai sword after discovering the man in his garage, police said Tuesday.

Baltimore, Maryland, police received a phone call shortly before 1:30 a.m. Tuesday about a suspicious person, and an off-duty officer arrived at the scene with campus security, city police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

When authorities arrived, they heard calls for help and for police, he said. They discovered a suspected burglar with a severed left hand and severe lacerations to his upper body, Guglielmi said.

The suspect died at the scene, he said.

The man had entered a home where several Johns Hopkins students lived, Guglielmi said. Four students, one armed with a samurai sword, had confronted the suspect in the garage.

The man "lunged" at the students, and the student with the sword defended himself, severing the man's left hand and cutting his upper body, Guglielmi said.

Police did not release the name of the suspect, who Guglielmi said had a long criminal history, or that of the student.

Police questioned the three witnesses, Guglielmi said, and released them. It was not immediately clear whether all four students lived at the house, he said.

Authorities are determining whether the student will face criminal charges, Guglielmi said.

Burglars had taken two laptops and a Sony PlayStation from the students' home Monday, Guglielmi said.

The burglary suspect had been released from prison Saturday, Guglielmi said.


That's different. I guess you don't Fuck with a Johns Hopkins student with a samurai sword, eh?

Never been a gun guy myself. I don't have a sword yet, but I do have a dagger. Hope I never have to use it.

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 12:57 PM

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 12:58 PM

Never been a gun guy myself. I don't have a sword yet, but I do have a dagger. Hope I never have to use it.


With your reach, you don't need a sword.


Everybody knows this student is probably going to prison unless the attacker was heavily tweaked on drugs.

I could see a slash taking off a hand, but one sword stroke doesn't create several lacerations.
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Posted 16 September 2009 - 01:21 PM

Maybe he lunged multiple times.

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 01:36 PM

Maybe he lunged multiple times.


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Yeah, the wannabe sammy better hope the burglar was on PCP.
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Posted 16 September 2009 - 01:42 PM

Do not mess with a Blue Jay!

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 01:46 PM

With your reach, you don't need a sword.


Everybody knows this student is probably going to prison unless the attacker was heavily tweaked on drugs.

I could see a slash taking off a hand, but one sword stroke doesn't create several lacerations.


I was thinking the same thing. If the sword was used for self-defense, there wouldn't have been nothing more than a severed hand, not multiple lacerations. Unless this guy was a freaking beast. Maybe a picture would help.

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 01:48 PM

I dunno about jail time, just because self defence and breaking and entering are pretty good reasons for a anime style slaying. A competend lawyer will get him off with at most some community service, specially since the guy has robbed before and they have witnesses that prove the robber provoked an attack.

Just remember, swords dont kill people, anime fans that think a 50 hit combo is the only way to end confrontation, kill people.

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 01:49 PM

How fucking sharp was that blade to take off a hand bone and all?

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 02:03 PM

I was thinking the same thing. If the sword was used for self-defense, there wouldn't have been nothing more than a severed hand, not multiple lacerations. Unless this guy was a freaking beast. Maybe a picture would help.



I don't know about that. I'd imagine the lacerations may have occurred trying to get the burglar to back off, and the severed hand was the final blow. If drugs were involved, anything is possible.

All I know is the guy wouldn't have died if he hadn't tried to rob someone three days after being released for the same offense. As the facts stand now, I can't fault the homeowner who probably never found himself in a situation like that before. That may change later, but who knows? Hindsight is always 20/20.

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 02:21 PM

How fucking sharp was that blade to take off a hand bone and all?


Back in the old days, there were samurai swords that could cut through five bodies in a single stroke.

A sword worth a few grand could be high enough quality to cut through the forearm.
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Posted 16 September 2009 - 02:26 PM

How fucking sharp was that blade to take off a hand bone and all?


Back in the old days, there were samurai swords that could cut through five bodies in a single stroke.

A sword worth a few grand could be high enough quality to cut through the forearm.


Not to mention the wrist is a fairly small joint with small bones and lots of space/cartilage between those wristbones for flexiblity. It wouldn't take much to cut through it if hit in the right spot.

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 02:35 PM

Back in the old days, there were samurai swords that could cut through five bodies in a single stroke.

A sword worth a few grand could be high enough quality to cut through the forearm.


I'm not sure I buy the myths and legends about Japanese swords, but I've seen them wielded by a trained user slice through a representations of a thigh and femur without any real resistance. A wrist doesn't really stretch the imagination.

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 02:46 PM

Am I the only one confused?

"student killed an apparent burglar"
"The suspect died at the scene, he said."
"The burglary suspect had been released from prison Saturday"

Is this bad reporting, or did they hold the dead burglar in jail for four days?

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 02:48 PM

No. The guy who was killed was released from jail on Saturday, three days before his death. In other words, he was a criminal and resumed his criminal activities immediately after getting out of jail.


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Posted 16 September 2009 - 03:02 PM

No. The guy who was killed was released from jail on Saturday, three days before his death. In other words, he was a criminal and resumed his criminal activities immediately after getting out of jail.


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Posted 16 September 2009 - 03:58 PM

I hope that right after the student hit the guy, the would-be robber stood there in stunned silence for a moment before his hand slid off ala Samurai Shodown.

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 04:24 PM

If you rob enough different people, eventually you will come across the crazy college anime nerd with a samurai sword. Shit happens, don't break into someone's home.


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Posted 16 September 2009 - 05:14 PM

I bet it was a Hattori Hanzo sword.

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 05:49 PM

With your reach, you don't need a sword.


Everybody knows this student is probably going to prison unless the attacker was heavily tweaked on drugs.

I could see a slash taking off a hand, but one sword stroke doesn't create several lacerations.



not to mention there were like 4 of them right? they will say they could have used non lethal force considering the numbers were in their favor unless he guy with the sword was the only one who was up at the time or if the burgalur had a weapon too then it may be ok to have used the sword. i dont feel bad for the burgalur but i do wonder if the students didnt go overboard but then again if he hadnt broken into their home hed still be alive. the guy with the sword at the minimum should get some kind of probation. sucks but in this day and age alot fo times criminals get more rights than victims.


there was this story a while back in tennessee where these 2 guys and a chick were stealing things from a guys trailer so the guy goes out and shoots at them to scare them off he ends up shooting into the truck hitting the woman and killing her and then to find out she was pregnant and wouuldnt you knw it people were mad at him for killing a pregnant woman. nevermind she was with criminals stealing shit that didnt belong to them but because they guy who they were stealing from had priors he went to jail i believe.

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 06:52 PM

Am I the only one confused?

"student killed an apparent burglar"
"The suspect died at the scene, he said."
"The burglary suspect had been released from prison Saturday"

Is this bad reporting, or did they hold the dead burglar in jail for four days?

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 07:01 PM

How fucking sharp was that blade to take off a hand bone and all?


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Posted 16 September 2009 - 07:09 PM

not to mention there were like 4 of them right? they will say they could have used non lethal force considering the numbers were in their favor unless he guy with the sword was the only one who was up at the time or if the burgalur had a weapon too then it may be ok to have used the sword. i dont feel bad for the burgalur but i do wonder if the students didnt go overboard but then again if he hadnt broken into their home hed still be alive. the guy with the sword at the minimum should get some kind of probation. sucks but in this day and age alot fo times criminals get more rights than victims.


there was this story a while back in tennessee where these 2 guys and a chick were stealing things from a guys trailer so the guy goes out and shoots at them to scare them off he ends up shooting into the truck hitting the woman and killing her and then to find out she was pregnant and wouuldnt you knw it people were mad at him for killing a pregnant woman. nevermind she was with criminals stealing shit that didnt belong to them but because they guy who they were stealing from had priors he went to jail i believe.


Isn't there a RICO statute in TN? Then, the man killing the unborn child could claim the unborn child was part of the crime.
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Posted 16 September 2009 - 07:31 PM

There's no way I'd be able to stop after I got one slice in on a robber with a sword either, whether its right or wrong. If I ever had to kill a robber this is how I'd want to do it. Badass story.
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Posted 16 September 2009 - 07:42 PM

What an awesome story. I really do hope the student doesn't have to serve jailtime because of it. As far as I'm concerned, he did society a favor by taking out a repeat burglary offender.
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Posted 16 September 2009 - 07:53 PM

How fucking sharp was that blade to take off a hand bone and all?


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Posted 16 September 2009 - 07:58 PM

The student does not deserve any jail time, fines, or community service. The burglar was scum.

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 08:18 PM

Someone hasn't been watching Deadliest Warrior, Sports Science (or was it Naked Science... ?), or Mythbusters...


Exactly! A good sword can do some massive damage! The kid should not serve anytime he defended his home from a robber nuff said.
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Posted 16 September 2009 - 09:49 PM

Hell I'll donate a few bucks to this guys defense fund should he need one.

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 09:55 PM

The student does not deserve any jail time, fines, or community service. The burglar was scum.


If the burglar was dismembered and curled into a ball on the floor, would it be OK for the student to continue slashing and stabbing the burglar?
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