Teenager From Connecticut Thwarts Burglary With Samurai Sword

| by Nicholas Roberts
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A Connecticut teenager reportedly used a samurai sword to defend his home during a burglary.

Angel Maldonado, 19, a college student who moved from New York to Connecticut in April, told The Norwich Bulletin that he heard someone trying to break into his family's house around 11 a.m. on Oct. 27.

“It sounded like someone was trying to pick the lock,” he said. “We had just gotten robbed a couple of weeks ago when someone stole our PlayStation.”

Maldonado said he was getting ready to walk his dogs, but, sensing danger, he grabbed the samurai sword from his room and opened the door.

According to police, the alleged perpetrator is 30-year-old homeless man David Lyons.

“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 and his dogs then allegedly chased Lyons off the porch and into a nearby road, at which point Maldonado flagged down a car and asked the driver to call the police.

Police said Lyons was detained by state troopers a short distance away from Maldonado's home. Lyons was then taken to a local hospital, where he was treated and then released, an arrest report states.

Lyons' was charged with burglary, larceny and breach of peace, and his bail was set at $25,000. His arraignment was scheduled for Oct. 28.

Police reportedly confiscated the samurai sword as evidence.

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

Sources: Associated Press via WTNH, The Norwich Bulletin / Photo Credit: Eduardo Antonio Fuentes/NY Magazine