Police: Man with 2 samurai swords threatens OC shoppers in Mexican restaurant parking lot

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Updated: 9/08/2013 6:42 pm

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Police say a man has been arrested after shouting threats to bystanders while wielding two samurai swords at a busy Orange County shopping Center.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Hung Anh Nguyen remains jailed Sunday on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and possession of illegal swords.

Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna says Nguyen was in a Mexican restaurant parking lot at the shopping center Friday night when he pulled out the swords and began screaming threats and obscenities.

Bertagna says officers arrived and tried to calm him, but Nguyen threatened them, refused to follow repeated orders to put the sword down and said several times "you will have to kill me first."

Police say several officers surrounded Nguyen and subdued him with a stun gun.

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Denton - 9/9/2013 1:05 PM
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@Paladin The swords all alone on your wall are legal. It's when you take them out in public and threaten people is where they become deadly weapons. This guy is lucky the police didn't just shoot him. Getting close to use the stun gun, put the police in jeopardy of being killed. Another excellent job by the police.

Paladin - 9/9/2013 9:44 AM
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What law makes the owning of a samurai sword illegal?? It wouldn't surprise me in the Republic of California where it illegal to do or possess just about anything. More accurately, the police seized the swords as evidence of the crime of attempted battery with a deadly weapon. The swords themselves are not the crime.
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