Johns Hopkins Student Kills Burglar With Samurai Sword

Johns Hopkins student defends home with lethal results: police
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 15, 2009 2:00 PM CDT
A Johns Hopkins student used a Samurai sword to fell an intruder today.   (Shutterstock)
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(Newser) – For those thinking of burglarizing hapless eggheads, think again: A would-be burglar met his end at the hands of a Johns Hopkins student armed with a samurai sword early today, the Baltimore Sun reports. The student, who lives off-campus, told cops he heard a sound and went downstairs, to find a man in his garage. When the man lunged at him, the student says he defended himself with the sword.

Police responding to neighbors’ calls said they found the intruder with a nearly severed hand and cuts to his upper body. The man died shortly after police arrived, and the student remains in custody while police verify his story. A police rep said that it legal to own a sword in Baltimore, adding that "individuals have a right to defend their person and their property," but would not comment on the legality of this specific case.