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Resident with spear chased sword-wielding burglar through yards

By
Ben Hooper
Two men re-enact a medieval sword fight. A man who performs similar re-enactments armed himself with a spear and chased after a burglar armed with a sword in Wichita, Kan. Photo by Wasily/Wikimedia Commons
Two men re-enact a medieval sword fight. A man who performs similar re-enactments armed himself with a spear and chased after a burglar armed with a sword in Wichita, Kan. Photo by Wasily/Wikimedia Commons

WICHITA, Kan., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Authorities in Kansas said they were searching for a sword-wielding suspect who was chased through multiple back yards by a resident armed with a spear.

Wichita police said a 49-year-old woman called 911 about 8 a.m. Saturday and reported finding a man armed with a sword in her bedroom.

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The woman told police she initially thought the man was there to speak with her son, who does medieval re-enactments, but she soon discovered the man was taking items from the home.

Police said the woman woke her son, who armed himself with a spear used in the re-enactments and chased the suspect through several back yards.

Police said the suspect got away, but they are looking into whether the woman was correct in thinking she recognized him from the re-enactments she participates in with her son.

"We did have several of the neighbors calling in; they had folks running through their backyard armed with this large spear and armed with a sword," Sgt. Brian Sigman told The Wichita Eagle.

Sigman said police were searching for the suspect and plan to charge him with aggravated burglary.

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"In 24 years, this is definitely a first," Sigman said.

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