Would-be Robber Ends Up in Sword Fight;
He Only Had a Bat...Needless to Say, He Lost
By James King in News: Phoenix New Times blog
Friday, Sep. 4 2009 @ 12:59PM
A robbery gone wrong ended when the victim upped the ante on the would-be robber by pulling a sword.
Police say that the suspect and the victim, who are believed to have been friends, went to a check cashing store near the victim's house on Thursday.
The two men in their thirties, according to police, returned to the victim's home, where the suspect hit the victim in the shoulder with a bat in an attempt to rob him.
Little did he know he was dealing with an apparent ninja who keeps swords just laying around the house.
After being hit with the bat, the victim ran to a bedroom, grabbed a sword, and had himself a "Kill Bill" moment.
According to police, the victim hit the suspect several times with the sword, and caused what authorities call "serious injuries."
Police say that after being attacked with a sword, the suspect fled the scene, and was discovered four miles away at his apartment complex near the Black Canyon Freeway and West Camelback Road, after another resident of the complex called police to report seeing a bleeding man.
The suspect is expected to be released from the hospital in the next few days, and faces charges of armed robbery and aggravated assault.
Perhaps Don Corleone's famous quote from "The Godfather" needs some revision: "Keep your friends close, especially if they own swords."