Victim Loses Finger During Attack
POSTED: 5:42 pm CDT September 23, 2007
UPDATED: 10:40 pm CDT September 23, 2007
MILWAUKEE -- A drunk samurai sword-wielding man seeking revenge on a former friend had the wrong apartment when he attacked a man and severed the victim's pinky finger Sunday morning, police said.
Officers said the 24-year-old assailant was so drunk on his way to the apartment at 49th Street and Euclid Avenue that he hit several cars parked on a nearby street.
The man knocked on some wrong doors first, police said, attacking one door with the 20-inch samurai-like sword and causing a lot of damage.
The last door he came upon was kicked and struck with the weapon, police said, and when someone opened the door, the man went after him with the sword, bending it and severing a finger.
Officers said the victim wasn't the man's former friend.
Neighbors said it was terrifying to hear the banging and screaming and not know what was happening.
"Scared, we were all scared. Everybody in building was scared. I thought 'No way am I opening my door' 'cause my kids said when that happens, don't," one neighbor said.
Police said the victim forced the man out of the building and an off-duty police officer who lives nearby heard the commotion, arrested the man and took him to jail.
The victim was taken to the hospital and released.