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Hopkins Student With Samurai Sword Kills Theft Suspect.

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posted on Sep, 16 2009 @ 08:22 PM
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Hours earlier, someone had broken into John Pontolillo's home and taken two laptops and a video-game console. Now it was past midnight, and Pontolillo heard noises coming from the garage out back.

The Johns Hopkins University undergraduate didn't run. He didn't call the police. He grabbed his samurai sword.

With the 3- to 5-foot-long weapon in hand, Pontolillo crept toward the noise, police said. When a man inside lunged at him, police said, the confrontation was fatal.

The student "was backed up against a corner, and either out of fear or out of panic, he just struck the sword with force," said city police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

Pontolillo, who rents the off-campus home, nearly severed the man's left hand, inflicting what police called a "spear laceration."

Donald D. Rice of Baltimore, 49, a repeat offender who had been released from jail Saturday, died at the scene.

Guglielmi said the state's attorney's office will decide whether to charge Pontolillo, 20, of Wall, N.J.

In a statement Tuesday, Hopkins officials told students that there had been more than a half-dozen recent burglaries in the area and that the police presence would be bolstered.

Diego Ardila, a student who lived with Pontolillo in the home this summer, said, "From what little I know of him, he wasn't some guy going out to kill."

University of Maryland law professor David Gray said prosecutors must weigh whether Pontolillo thought he was in danger or became the aggressor. If he thought he might be severely harmed, then he was within his rights to protect himself, Gray said. "It doesn't matter if he used a gun, a sword or a frying pan."


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I can't image a jury will convict this hero, but it is Maryland, so it is a good bet he will be charged.




posted on Sep, 16 2009 @ 08:36 PM
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Yeah, it is maryland... lol

How do you tell people about this.

"Yeah so this guy broke in, but with my amazing Samuri Skills, I [snip] him up".

"I was all, wa-cha, wa-cha, ayayyaya, wa-cha!"

Lol, I'm waiting for them to ban samuri swords now.


 


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posted on Sep, 16 2009 @ 09:00 PM
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This has already been posted twice

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posted on Sep, 16 2009 @ 09:04 PM
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Isn't that a different site? It asked me to log-in.



posted on Sep, 16 2009 @ 09:04 PM
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Isn't that a different site? It asked me to log-in.

The ATS search function also does not work-



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posted on Sep, 16 2009 @ 09:06 PM
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Originally posted by stevegmu
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Isn't that a different site? It asked me to log-in.


OK

I was actually refering to it being the same story



posted on Sep, 16 2009 @ 09:25 PM
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LOL I couldnt help but think of Bruce willis in Pulp Fiction when I read this

and I think guilt will be the guys punishment enough, I know it will be for me if I use my katana as such



posted on Sep, 16 2009 @ 09:35 PM
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Confucious say "Man who doesn't break into garage, usually doesn't get chopped by Samurai sword".


So sowwy.



posted on Sep, 16 2009 @ 09:57 PM
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Interesting they say if the man thought he was in danger.

The only person that can testify to if he thought he was in danger is the man himself so if he says yes I did then he should get off without a problem. Interesting that they are even wasting money to possibly take this to trial.



posted on Sep, 16 2009 @ 11:09 PM
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I imagine if he is charged the prosecutor will try to argue he was living out a fantasy. After all, he did have a samurai sword, and his video game console was stolen. If he has any games involving sword play, he's screwed.



posted on Sep, 16 2009 @ 11:15 PM
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It's just gonna mess it up for all of us who collect swords, ... .... they already banned Nunchuck's here in Cali, .... what the hell am i supposed to defend myself with now ??? my cunning wit ???

I'm gonna stock up on weapons before they all go illegal, ... I just bought some throwing " cards" ...... their basically metal throwing cards that look like aces with sharp edges.

I figure if my career in interior design falls through I can always become an assasin. Which is a natural career progression if you ask me, ..... and you will.



posted on Sep, 17 2009 @ 05:24 AM
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4 students and one old man,and he has to use a sword!

BS on the stabbing motion he was said to have done towards this thief,the chaps hand was cut off and he had a severe neck wound

He wanted to cut his head off,simple as that and the strike was partialy defended by the thief with his raised hands in natural defence resulting in left hand being cut off and lethal wound to neck resulting in his body hitting the floor quick.

Medical student too,he was going for the kill



posted on Sep, 17 2009 @ 09:00 AM
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Originally posted by noangels
4 students and one old man,and he has to use a sword!

BS on the stabbing motion he was said to have done towards this thief,the chaps hand was cut off and he had a severe neck wound

He wanted to cut his head off,simple as that and the strike was partialy defended by the thief with his raised hands in natural defence resulting in left hand being cut off and lethal wound to neck resulting in his body hitting the floor quick.

Medical student too,he was going for the kill


So I guess the guy should've just waited to see if the burglar wanted
to give him a big hug? If the guy was on my garage he would've gone
down with buckshot in his face. Anyone who argues that we have no
right to defend ourselves is *snip* ing *snip*! That's a fine and
peaceful philosophy for you, go ahead, maybe you can ask the guy
if he'd like to rape your wife while he's visiting.



posted on Sep, 17 2009 @ 09:14 AM
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So I guess the guy should've just waited to see if the burglar wanted
to give him a big hug? If the guy was on my garage he would've gone
down with buckshot in his face. Anyone who argues that we have no
right to defend ourselves is *snip* ing *snip*! That's a fine and
peaceful philosophy for you, go ahead, maybe you can ask the guy
if he'd like to rape your wife while he's visiting.


I'm with you on this. It's a strange world that we live in, where people don't believe that they or others have the right to defend themselves. If somebody breaks into my house, they better have filled out their organ donor card, because they're going out in a bodybag. I live in a state where, unlike in the Peoples' Republic of Maryland, we have the "Castle Doctrine". It's open season on intruders in Georgia. No need to prove that you feared for your life, or tried to escape first here. If somebody is on your property illegally, you may fire when ready.



posted on Sep, 17 2009 @ 10:10 AM
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Originally posted by noangels
4 students and one old man,and he has to use a sword!

BS on the stabbing motion he was said to have done towards this thief,the chaps hand was cut off and he had a severe neck wound

He wanted to cut his head off,simple as that and the strike was partialy defended by the thief with his raised hands in natural defence resulting in left hand being cut off and lethal wound to neck resulting in his body hitting the floor quick.

Medical student too,he was going for the kill


So what if he was going for the kill. The Career Criminal should not have been in the guy's garage. If someone breaks into my house, guess what, they're dead. I'm not going to take the time to ask them if they'd like a hug or a cup of coffee. I bet your point of view would be quite the opposite if it were you having to defend yourself, or would you take the dumbtard route and try to shake the crooks hand and make friendly conversation?



posted on Sep, 17 2009 @ 10:17 AM
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Dude I have had a knife wielding intruder in my house a long time ago and I got rid of him with harsh language-he ran so fast that when the police and dogs eventualy came he was long gone!I have no qualms about smashing my feet or fists through any intruders wind pipe if he comes at me,so dont portray me as a hippy as your way out.You want to shoot someone in your house do it,big deal-we get rid of intruders the british way over here

I would not however try and chop someones head off with a sword,while three of my mates stood by!Four against one for gods sake!lol and he was 49 way past his prime fighting age.Those four students should have kicked him out of the garage

for the last poster,I have walked the walk mate-A home intruder doesnt scare me in the slightest,I just get angry



posted on Sep, 17 2009 @ 10:21 AM
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I feel the same.. you break in my house ... I hope you're on good terms with whatever God you pray to... because you'll be meeting him/her shortly.



posted on Sep, 17 2009 @ 10:24 AM
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My wife is an attorney. We discussed a similar subject a while ago, and she stated that the "reasonable person standard" dictates that if you discover a burglar inside your property, you can be assumed to have a valid reason to believe you were in danger. Just our 2 cents.



posted on Sep, 18 2009 @ 12:28 AM
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Watch out for the next step. Registering your samarai swords. Than they will set up licensing, next you will have to get DNA tests to have one.


9mm, right between the eyes. Or my trusty 12 gauge with 3 loads would about do it. Damn, I cannot wait for deer season this year, maybe a little rabbit and squirrel this weekend.



posted on Sep, 18 2009 @ 10:59 PM
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Originally posted by endisnighe
Watch out for the next step. Registering your samarai swords. Than they will set up licensing, next you will have to get DNA tests to have one.


9mm, right between the eyes. Or my trusty 12 gauge with 3 loads would about do it. Damn, I cannot wait for deer season this year, maybe a little rabbit and squirrel this weekend.


Whoa there killer, easy on the bloodlust.

DOWN MONGO DOWN

But I agree with practically everyone here, break into my house, we are gonna finish it decisively, with no police.



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