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)

(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.

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Sep 25, 2009 6:40 AM CDT
obviously the boy watched 'pulp fiction' way too many times in a row but it was his right to slice the intruder. can't wait to test my old German military sabre on some uninvited jerk.
Sep 19, 2009 12:31 AM CDT
Hey, you have the right to defend yourself in a situation like this. The guy had a better chance of living than he had if the guy had shot him with a 9mm or a .45! And, the burglar was stupid for attacking the guy once he was caught, seeing he was holding a sword. Too bad about the death, but fortunately the student had something or HE might have been another innocent victim killed!
Sep 17, 2009 7:56 AM CDT
I can't believe the burgler's family is blaming the student. This guy has been in prison 29 TIMES for the SAME thing. And now his family members are concerned? Didn't anyone think to tell him, "You'd better cut this shit out, or one night someone is going to kill you for being in their house." But somehow they want to make it a 20 yr olds fault, who is in school trying to make a decent life for himself. Geeeezzzzz.......