Booby-Trapped Knife Nearly Kills Home Investor

'It's like Home Alone ... Philly style'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 16, 2019 4:15 PM CST

(Newser) – A Philadelphia real estate investor says a home he was scoping out came with an unadvertised surprise—a stairway booby-trapped with a swinging knife, the AP reports. Ekrem Uysaler says he and his team were looking at the home in January when one of his co-workers saw a small line on the home's staircase. WCAU-TV reports he stopped his construction manager from heading up the stairs and recorded video as they pulled the staircase line with a spare rod.

Pulling the line triggered a fast-moving, downward-swinging crutch from above the staircase. Taped to the end of the crutch was a large knife pointing right to where a person's head would have been walking up the stairs. Uysaler says he has never encountered something like this before. His team also encountered scattered glass shards on the stairs and a floor board with over a dozen spikes sticking out of it, per Inside Edition. "It's like Home Alone ... Philly style," says Uysaler.

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