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Five young men dressed as Ninja warriors who said they were frightened by demons knocked on a pastor's door at 2 a.m. and wound up being arrested.
They said they had gone to Devil's Hopyard State Park in East Haddam late Wednesday to practice martial arts when they encountered the unearthly enemy.
The men hopped into a car - weapons, masks and all - and drove straight to the Manchester home of a church pastor whose wife, also frightened, called police.
The five, Jeremy Sander, 19, of Ellington; Shaun Cyr, 18 of Newington; Todd Silber, 23, and Paul Poniatowski, 18, both of Vernon; and Joseph Robinson, 18, of East Hartford; said they came out of the woods early Thursday morning panicked by what they saw and heard.
One of the men acknowleged that most will find their story hard to believe.
``We're going to be outcasts,'' Silber said.
After a martial arts class in Tolland, they went to Devil's Hopyard for more practice, they said. The men have varying degrees of martial arts certification in kenpo karate and ninjitsu. They said they chose the park because of the open space and trees that are perfect for practicing stealth Ninja maneuvers, Silber said Friday. They swung baseball bats through the air to build their muscles, they said.