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DKU: Connecticut teen slashes burglar with katana

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30 year-old David Lyons’ attempt to enter the Maldonado home was thwarted when 19 year-old Angel slashed him with a sword

Nineteen year-old Angel Maldonado was getting ready to walk his dogs when he heard scratching and noticed the doorknob jiggling. Realizing someone was trying to break in, Angel grabbed a samurai sword and threw open the door.

From Norwich Bulletin:

““I opened the door and there he was, staring at me on the back porch,” Maldonado said. “He started to try and push his way in and I slashed him.”

Maldonado, along with his dogs, chased the suspect off the porch and out on to a nearby road. Maldonado flagged down a passing car and asked the driver, who followed the fleeing man, to call police.

Maldonado, along with his dogs, chased the suspect off the porch and out on to a nearby road. Maldonado flagged down a passing car and asked the driver, who followed the fleeing man, to call police.

Police said Lyons fled from the residence with a laceration to his arm — drops of dried blood could still be seen on the porch Wednesday — and was detained by state troopers a short distance from the home. Lyons was taken to Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam where he was treated and released, according to an arrest report.

The sword was taken by police as evidence in the case…

…”I think people in these types of situations have that flight or fight instinct,” Maldonado said. “I chose to fight.”

Good for Angel. Since he didn’t have a gun, he grabbed a sword. He also had his 3 dogs, incidentally a Doberman, Rottweiler, and German Shepherd. One could say Angel had an “arsenal of dogs”. I just want to know why they weren’t making enough of a racket to scare Lyons off when he first climbed the porch.

(h/t AV)

Discussion

7 responses to ‘DKU: Connecticut teen slashes burglar with katana

  1. Lots of stories have been written lately about knives and swords employed as self-defense tools all over the world. (And quite a few accounts of those weapons used in criminal attacks, too.) Perhaps the edge and point can be–at least in some instances–the best method to defeat the dark side.

    • Adrenaline dump? Once he decided to fight he probably went all in. Surprise the guy and win while he’s on the back foot.

      Purely guessing, though.

  2. It would seem that cheap wall hangars abound and serve well enough to pass when needed. I can guarantee that if my Katana were used there would be a little more evidence at the scene than some drops of dried blood. Then again, mine is set up for learning tameshigiri and dojo cutting. Its blade is also three inches longer than the average length of twenty seven inches. FWIW.
    I applaud the young man in his drive and fighting spirit. Maybe now he will consider adding a shotgun and/or rifle to the defensive armament, provided legally permissible.

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