Police: Samurai-sword wielding man was angry about shrimp

Aug. 21, 2013 at 1:09 PM
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DELTONA, Fla., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Police in Florida said a man who brandished a samurai sword and allegedly attacked his mother's boyfriend was angry about a missing can of shrimp.

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office said Jayson Laughman, 34, of Deltona, told deputies he "went into code red and lost his temper" when his mother's boyfriend, Michael Airhart, 52, accused him of taking a can of shrimp, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported Wednesday.

Deputies said Laughman, who told investigators he could not remember the entire incident due to his rage, and Michael Airhart, 52, engaged in a "heated verbal argument" and went outside to "engage in a physical fight."

Laughman allegedly threatened Airhart with a statue, but no physical confrontation ensued and Airhart went back inside the home.

Airhart returned to his room with Laughman's mother and a few minutes later Laughman started breaking through the bedroom door with a metal samurai sword, police said.

Laughman threatened Airhart with the sword, but left the room after the couple talked to him for a few minutes, deputies said. He allegedly soon returned to the room and threw two kitchen knives at Airhart.

Airhart dodged the knives and left through a sliding glass window.

Laughman was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was taken to Florida Fish Memorial Hospital after complaining of chest pains.

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