Student Kills Intruder with Samurai Sword after PlayStation, Laptops Stolen

Holy crap. Detectives are still interviewing a John Hopkins University student who fatally lacerated the upper body of a man breaking into his off-campus residence overnight. The suspect also suffered a nearly-severed hand, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The house is home to four undergrads who had already had a Sony PlayStation and two laptops stolen earlier on Monday.
And when one of the students heard noises at about 1am, he went to downstairs to investigate armed with the sword. He saw that the side door to their garage had been pried open, and inside, was lunged at by the suspect.

The poor guy didn't deserve to die, but Police have confirmed he has priors for breaking and entering.

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mrv3213045d ago

The student died to didn't he?

This is pretty low, students have massive depts and to be honest I am sort of siding with the student, if you enter a mans home looking to steal then you best be pretty good at it, and the student had every right to defend himself and property.

I'm surprised they wheren't having a raid on their laptops on Dota.

Mr_Bun3045d ago

Bottom line: You break into someone's home, the residents don't know what to expect and have every right to protect themselves by all possible means.

One thing is for sure....this will be the last B&E this guy does

Poopface the 2nd3045d ago

This guy deserved to get chopped up. Often times people who break into homes end up injuring or killing innocent people so that they dont get caught. I would love to go to court over killing someone who broke into my house, but I live in FL so Im allowed to kill intruders.

I give this kid props for going pulp fiction on this guy as he may have saved some innocent person from getting hurt or killed down the line.

Bottom line, if you break into peoples houses you deserve to get messed up or even killed.

evrfighter3045d ago (Edited 3045d ago )

he die in battle by way of the sword.

a noble death indeed

Trebius3045d ago

He must feel so F-ing COOL right now...only 21st century undergrad I know of that has slain someone with a samurai blade.

Either that or he's traumatized...

I'd be pretty souped...

Chrisny853045d ago

I cannot believe the comments i read on the original post website.

People are saying he went to far? excuse me but if there is an intruder in my house and he lunges at me (attacks me).. consider him dead. especially if i happen to have a samurai sword available. I consider myself a peaceful person but if my friends/family or own life are at risk, im not taking time to ask questions. This intruder may have had every intention to kill people in the house

Regardless its an open and shut case.. intruder breaks in/ attacks/ gets killed out of self defense/ owner of the house walks.

f7897903045d ago

Man this guy is going to have an awesome reputation on campus.

SupaPlaya3045d ago (Edited 3045d ago )

the robber did not play MGS4 and is punished by a gamer that knows the way of the samurai.

"It's the enemy!"

To fellow robbers: bring a playboy or a box next time.

jadenkorri3045d ago

buy a samurai sword after Kill Bill Vol 1 or Vol 2. I have one for show, its not sharp, but swinging at someone would definitively sever a hand or something else, i highly doubt it would slice someone in half like a real samurai sword should.... but still its awesome on my mantle above my head rest....yes i know, kinda bad spot if an earthquake happens, but its obviously in its sheath, and its blunt.

SaberEdge3045d ago

This is a crazy story. The student probably didn't mean to kill the intruder, but from what we know so far, I think the student did nothing wrong. He probably got into a tussle with the robber and with adrenaline pumping and the desire to protect his own life it lead to the death of the criminal.

This should be a lesson to any criminals. If you break into someone's home, steal their property, and make the home owner feel threatened don't be surprised if you end up hurt or dead.

randomwiz3045d ago

Death even though desrved seems way too harsh. (If he was alive)Life in prison would've been a better sentence.

Not to sound disrespective or something,but why is this on n4g?

Tomdc3045d ago

Death is not deserved for robbery. Obviously we dont know the specifics but that kinda force was unlikely to be nessercery in the eyes of both morality and the law... he could be done for manslaughter, he wouldn't get murder cos they would simply claim it was recklessness not intent to kill/ cause GBH.

DominusRebellis3045d ago (Edited 3045d ago )

I wonder if he twirled his sword above his head and played FF7 Battle Victory music after he won the battle

DaDaDaDa Da Da Da DaDa!!!

+500Exp...LEVEL UP!

Beast_Master3045d ago

Sorry... if you don't own the moral code not to take things from people who worked hard get them, then you don't have the moral code to be a part of society. No not saying they all should be killed, but my heart doesn't break when one dies at the hands of their victim.

FarEastOrient3045d ago

This is the best title I've seen for an article.

nycredude3045d ago


I also bought a samurai sword, it's really sharp and I stabbed the last game over at my house who complained that firmware 3.0 frozed their uncharted.


Seriously though if this is your profession (alot of people are burglars0 then you either better be good at it or be prepared for a battle cause anyone who feels threatened by an intruder is capable of heinous things when protecting their life.

And yeah what the student did was heinous, whether it was wrong or not. Chopping someone to death is a fvcked up thing and will probably fvck the kid's noodles up for quite a while.

edhe3045d ago


low life repeat criminal is now not sucking tax payer's hard earned money in jail, thankfully.

Good on the guy for defending himself, sadly he'll never get over it.

FamilyGuy3045d ago

Can you imagine him telling his grand kids the story when he's older?
"Grampa was a samurai!?"
"No no no, he was a nerd who got lucky"


edhe3045d ago

"When an officer approached, Rice pulled a loaded Rohm .22-caliber handgun, which the officer was able to grab."

So not only a serial offender but pulled a gun on a cop.

ThanatosDMC3045d ago

One less asshole off the streets. It was good that he killed the robber. The more this happens, the robbers dying, the less likely people would get robbed. If there's a fatal consequence or fear, then bad people wont do what they do.

That's why if i ruled the world... yeah, terrible things would need to happen to bad people to promote world peace... if only...

BLuKhaos3045d ago (Edited 3045d ago )

Score one for justice!If this was a perfect world I would've cut the dude up and hanged his remains on my front lawn so that everyone could what happens when you break into my sh!t.I'd rather keep my stuff than let that burglar continue on with his life.My valuables take precedence over any degenerate's life.

Tell me about it.But leave it to these tree hugging liberals to ruin society with their "feelings" and "human rights" and give criminals a free ride in life.In a perfect world I would tie a failed carjacker to the back bumper of my car and take him for a ride on the highway.

cmrbe3044d ago

We don't really know what really happend. If it was self defence its is completely understandable. However if it was cold blooded murder then it is another story.

I an case if this guy wans't there. None of this would have happend. In the end it was his fault.

jadenkorri3044d ago

if you have watched the video it says they confronted the burglar in the backyard, grabbed the sword and cut off his ear and hand... I suspect they will be charged with manslaughter, they won't get off with self defense unless the burglar had a weapon which there is not talk of.

INehalemEXI3044d ago (Edited 3044d ago )

this an old vid from 07 off my old GS account. I would hack and slash on an intruder too but I would also bind wound and burn it to stop the bleeding so there are no fatalities. If dudes unarmed though I just sap em with the butt of me boken.

JsonHenry3044d ago

Bet the burglar was not expecting that!

MNicholas3044d ago

It takes very little to incapacitate a man using a sword. One swipe across any part of the body is enough to make a man, no matter how crazed, to drop to the ground and beg for his life.

The intruder was totally cut up and one of his hands was nearly severed. Clearly excessive force.

I congratulate the student for doing the right thing and using the sword on the intruder but after winning the battle and defeating his adversary he kept slicing away. He turned what could have been a brave and honorable act into a shameful episode of murder.

MNicholas3044d ago

and you can't call the police in time then you must attack first. If you unintentionally kill the intruder then so be it.

Having read the story, it's apparent that the student ample time to call 911 and should have. The student went downstairs with the intent of avenging the loss of his laptops. He first chopped off the guys hand and ear. He should have stopped there and called 911. The intruder was going nowhere. Instead he then speared the guy with the sword.

Surveys have shown that a surprising number of people would kill someone if they felt they could get away with it. This student may have been such a person.

Beast_Master3044d ago

The guy was out of jail for a day. He had 29 priors and pulled a gun on a cop.. Sorry if I don't feel bad the dude is dead. If he got caught robbing 20+ times he his either really bad at it or did it for a living, and jail time never deterred him. There is no telling what other crimes a guy like that committed. I understand your point if this was someone that was a first time offender or had fallen on hard times but no he was garbage.. and he died doing what he loved, and at work apparently.

UltimateIdiot9113044d ago

It may have been too much but think about it. The student probably got freak out by the burglar, adrenaline kicks in and just went nuts on him just to make sure. I highly doubt he is train to use a sword so he probably just slice away just to make sure the burglar doesn't have a chance to get him. It's not like the student was a bloodthirsty killer who seeks out bad guys.

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D4RkNIKON3045d ago

"Detectives are still interviewing a John Hopkins University student who fatally lacerated the upper body of a man breaking into his off-campus residence overnight."

The student is fine, the robber isn't.. Wow this story is insane, a samurai sword is almost as odd as a bolt gun.

mrv3213045d ago

'The suspect also suffered a nearly-severed hand, and was pronounced dead at the scene. '

Got to me a bit, I though who is this the robber or the gamer.

I'm sure Jack Thompson will blame it on video games and not

A)The fact the student had a samurai sword(guns/swords don't kill people a series of 1 and 0's on discs do)
B)This is forced entry... I believe the student was in every right to defend himself.
C) Not many games feature a college kid who's home gets robbed and must use a samurai sword... and even if such a game was made there's no way for it to be in anyway realistic with allowing the feel for the sword, the weight, the technique, the force, carrying etc.

Raz3044d ago

Can't face the risks, don't do the crime. Burglar breaks and enters, attacks when confronted; dies in a struggle with the kid.

He'll walk.

Redempteur3044d ago

Don't come to take my things ... i guess i'll do whatever i can to protect my stuff .

But now i know that a samourai sword works .. where can i find one ?

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NIN643045d ago

Are you kidding me? Break into my house, attempt to steal my things, and try to attack me? Be prepared for your life to end right there. . .

UnSelf3045d ago

no 1 deserves to die, not you nor I have that kinda power to determine who and who doesnt live.

Udk what that robber prolly was goin through in the days leading up to the robbery.

Im sure living life wit a chopped limb would prove more effective than just killin him altogether

Oner3045d ago

Castle Doctrine. PERIOD.

ANYONE who steps into my house who I do not know will catch a 12 gauge shot or any number of 9mm's to themselves. You have no right to be in MY HOUSE. I do not know your full intentions. I do not know what you are capable of doing. I am protecting myself and my loved ones. There is no argument. You want to be a criminal, then what happens are consequences to that.

mrv3213045d ago

Well we don't know the story, the student could have been threatend a fight broke out etc, if it was unprovoked(as side form the breaking in) then it would have less cause but imagine what's going through your head, there's no real way to process information with such fear and I don't hold too much against the student.

Oner3045d ago (Edited 3045d ago )

Fact ~ Someone is in your house
Fact ~ You do not know that person
Fact ~ You don't know why the person is there
Fact ~ You don't know the intentions of that person
Fact ~ You don't know what the intruder is capable of
Fact ~ You don't know if that person has a weapon

People can say the criminal didn't deserve this or that but the FACT is you don't know what his full intentions and capabilities where. What if he was there with the full intent to commit murder while everyone was asleep? I sure as hell don't know! And I sure as hell would not take that chance.

You try and harm me or a loved one in MY HOME...Nope. Ain't happening.

Carl14123045d ago

@ bubbbles

If he doesnt want to do he shouldn't break into someone's house.

If someone broke into my house i woudn't hesitate to beat him to death with a baseball bat.

Mr_Bun3045d ago (Edited 3045d ago )

I hope for your family's sake that you are never in this situation.

Someone breaks into your home and you are too busy asking him if his dad abused him when he was younger, to notice him stabbing family members.

Marojado3045d ago

I'm not 100% on the US law regarding these kind of situations, but if this was the UK there's a high chance the student would be sent down for this.

Over here we have a right to use reasonable force to protect ourselves, but grabbing a weapon preemptively and hacking the intruder to death would likely constitute excessive force.

Mr_Bun3045d ago

You are probably right regarding "LAW" but you have to admit that it doesn't make sense....The burgler didn't wait for you to break into his house first, but now you have to wait for him to attack you before you can fight back?

Oner3045d ago (Edited 3045d ago )

Wrong Marojado. Depending on where you live in the US you are covered by the Castle Doctrine.

UnSelf3045d ago

see everyone here is thinkinj in simple black and white scenarios.

of course a person breakin into ur house has give u the proper consent to disband him by any and all means necessary. but this is exactly why this kid might go to trail.

first of all, theres to many things to be considered:

Was the man armed?
Did he attack you first armed? Disarmed?
Where did u get a sword from?

now that i think of it, there are TOOOOO many varibles to be discussed and im not about to go into each and every one of em. But just sit back and think for a second. If i have a sword and i surprise the suspect, i have many options to go from there than to just killing him.

And to the user wit the bat story above me. You will surely be sentenced for that becuz that is obsessive brutality. Have you ppl never heard of submission and apprehension?

im not sayin become Batman but murdering someone should at least be dictated by how the scenario presents itself.

Marojado3045d ago

I clearly stipulated in the UK. Castle Doctrine is US law. Learn to read.

And Mr Bun, I completely agree, the law is wrong. I would probably beat the hell out of an intruder by any means necessary, burglars really pîss me off.

f7897903045d ago

I'm sure he didn't mean to kill him, he just reacted to being attacked and chopped the asshole's hand off. Hard to survive that.

Oner3045d ago

I read that clear as day but you don't even seem to know your own laws as even you said "there's a high chance the student would be sent down for this"...a "high chance" is not exactly clear on what the law states now right? But whatever, it really wasn't meant to be a dig at you.

Darrius Cole3045d ago (Edited 3045d ago )

@Marojado - I find that hard to believe.

Most criminals break into your house when you are not there. They watch you and your habits long enough to know when you will not be there and they wait for you to leave before they break-in.

If you look at this from the students point of view, the criminal was getting bolder. Someone had just broken into his house and stole their property. Now someone is breaking into his house WHILE HE IS AT HOME. If the student didn't stop this now, what would be the next step.

If a person is bold enough to break into my house while I am there I'll might kill them, because I have a right to protect myself and my home. If I have a wife and/or children in the house I'm sure I'll kill them, or get killed trying, because I have a DUTY to protect my family. By the word "DUTY" I mean that I would be wrong if I did nothing.

Marojado3045d ago (Edited 3045d ago )

It's funny you should say I don't know my own law as I actually practice law :) Castle Doctrine, whilst based on English Common Law, is very much an American legal concept. Baring in mind that criminal legislation in the UK has developed so much since time immemorial, particularly through the Criminal Justice Act.

As cliche as the example is, Tony Martin shot down a burglar and was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder, later reduced to manslaughter.

Also, I appreciate that it wasn't a dig :)

Edit: @Darrius, funnily enough, when there's family involved the courts seem to be more lenient because burglarly actually covers intention to steal, inflict grievous bodily harm and rape. If you have a wife and kids, then you there can be more leeway for the force used to protect them.

Oner3045d ago (Edited 3045d ago )

Marojado ~ And I do apologize to you for my brash demeanor as it was not meant to be a personal thing towards you (I am a born and raised New Yorker though, so that couldn't have helped). But I do have to ask why didn't you just quote the law instead of being vague if you are versed in it?

It would be great to actually have a bit of a discussion on this topic with those over the pond (so to say)...especially with someone who know what the hell they are talking about (something quite lacking on this site as of late).

waltercross3045d ago

Ok Fine, some say the Criminal didn't derserve to die, I Say the Student didn't deserve for his house to be broken into either.

Check out this simple equation.

Crook decides against B&E, Everybody lives and nobody hurt.
Crook decides to B&E, People can get hurt or killed.

The Crook could have avoided the whole thing, It was His Decision
that forced the student to also make a Decision.
Student or Crook, If I'm attacked, I'm gonna fight, does
the crook have a weapon? Maybe so I'm not gonna say "Excuse
me sir? do you have a Weapon?".

Your Blood is Pumpin and you cannot simply decide to Hurt
the crook instead of killing him, Picture this "Student: Dang
it hold still so I can only poke you not kill you" I Can't
picture the student asking this.

If I Were the Student I Would have done the same thing, It's
you or me, and It Isn't going to be me.

Marojado3045d ago

Oner - I also apologise for the learn to read comment. It was a bit out of order...

As for how the UK is a disaster in this area of law, this very recent case is a bit of an eye opener. You should give it a read:

Unfortunately, we don't have the same kind of protection afforded to us as you do in the US.

Also, there's this from a couple of years ago:

A burglar fell to his death whilst robbing a house and the homeowner faces a life sentence. It's pretty sickening.

jerethdagryphon3045d ago

my brother in law said it best:
break in to my house, take what you want i aint gonna die for material goods
take one step up the stairs to my family, you wil die.

when the suspect saw the student was armed he could have fled and i dont think the studetn would have persuded instead he attacked the student making it self defence

as to why he has a sword, why not, i know colectors of anime weapons and ren faire fans have swords and he was a gamer..... geek enough

sretlaw3045d ago (Edited 3045d ago )

Maryland isn't one of the states that allows the Castle Doctrine...

And Marojado was smart to say that there's a "high chance" of the student going down, since it isn't black and white, yes or no. There would be a trial and the student may get off for killing the intruder. Even a law student wouldn't know for sure whether the student would get away with this or not. I mean...look at OJ Simpson...

And in this case, it could become murder. I mean, how do we know what really happened? One side of the story is dead, and the student's story could be that the intruder lunged at him...but in reality the intruder could have been half way through the window or door before being hacked and slashed.

bunbun7773045d ago (Edited 3045d ago )

Is a man's life --no matter how horribly abused said life is by say doing things like breaking and entering, worth a playstation, a laptop, whatever material goods? no, the intruder's life was worth more, this is the humane view, and it is the correct one since we come from humans and not material possessions.

What was the student defending? His right, his right to not be a victim, to not be as afraid as someone that doesnt have a weapon, a plan, a recourse. There were 4 guys, this is the one that went down, was it bloodlust, was it heroic? who knows-- it is not ours to judge-- but it was his right and he acted accordingly, it is not wrong to fight for your right to live.

He could've stayed alive by hiding in his room, hell i will admit its possible he wishes he had, but it was his right-- and a man died as a result-- this story should be on every news program, everyone should know, if you break into a home, you stand the risk of a beatdown or worse. People in their home should never have to live in fear. Ever.

--and to the poster above me-- forensics will determine how he was cut

gwcommander3045d ago

In Kentucky you can defend yourself with deadly force only if they break in to where you live, they can be in your yard and you cant shoot them or stab them or what not. But if they set foot in your house you have the right to defend yourself. Because when you think about it you have no idea what this person will do. No one expects you to wait and see what the criminal is going to do, because if you do then it could be too late. There was an incident where this guy broke in his in-laws house and he was shot and killed. And he was not charged because he broke in the house.

nycredude3045d ago (Edited 3045d ago )


I hear where you are coming from but that is not the way the law works, at least not in NY. It's one thing to defend yourself when feeling threatened but another to chop (lacerate) someone to death. It takes a serious mean streak to do it. I mean you have a freaking samurai sword man who the fvck in their right mind would fight with someone wielding a samurai sword. If I was a burglar and i bumped into someone in their house with a samurai sword then I am running so damn fast it isn't funny. Chances are this guy didn't feel threatened he just wanted to kill the guy. Most burglars are NOT confrontational, hence why they don't just go barging in armed and robbing people. It's up to the investigator to find out whether or not the student's life was actually at stakes here when he chopped the dude up or if he just caught the burglar and proceeded to hack away.

Don't think for a second that if this burglar was chopped like 15 times that this student will get away with it. What is he going to say? "I just wasn't sure if he was dead or not". Not hower if let's say there was a struggle and the dude hacked at the burglar and it happened to sever his jugular then ok he may get a pass. that is why they are still investigating.

I personally would beat the living shlt out of the guy and then call the cops. Don't want the death of another person on my conscience, even if they were trying to burglarize me.

pixelsword3045d ago (Edited 3045d ago )

some of them might let you, some of them might punch you, some of them might wrestle you to the ground... and some of them might, just might try to kill you.

How much more when you are entering their house?

Does the man deserve to die? No.

Does the victim deserve to get this things stolen? No.

Realize that when you do certain things that you put yourself in situations where only YHWH almighty can deliver you from them and not yourself.

silvacrest3045d ago

you must be crazy, you cant take risks like that when an intruder enters your home, while your trying to subdue him he could be pulling out his 38 special, knife or he may just be skilled in hand to hand combat

i read some of your other comments and you didn't mention that it might not have been the students intention to kill (i'm sure it wasn't)

and like others have said, god forbid someone armed breaks into your house with an intention to harm, your family wont be greatful you used restraint when your lying in a pool of blood

Oner3045d ago

Marojado ~ Wow. I am at a loss of words about those 2 links...all I can say is that it's not fair & it isn't right from the standpoint of the homeowners.

nycredude ~ I lived in the Bronx for nearly 30 years, and have been in my fair share of problems from being shot at a couple times down through to regular street fights & never EVER needed nor had a want for a gun, weapon etc. BUT moving down to FL a few years ago and truly understanding my rights as an American by realizing how on the State level (in NY especially) they where WILLFULLY and BLATANTLY violating my Civil Rights.

I'm not going to get into a whole side discussion about my feelings about that but I do feel it was needed to be mentioned here in this back on topic ~ I do remember a case or something to the effect in NYC where a burglar slipped and fell inside someones home while he was in the middle of his B&E broke a bone/hurt himself to then sue (and win!) for his "pain & suffering"...absolute madness.

As far as going "overboard" when the criminal is subdued or incapacitated then I also agree wholeheartedly. If the threat is nullified then that is all that is needed. BUT at the same time (as in this case) I believe the victim is justified and should not be charged with anything.

BLuKhaos3045d ago

f- that sh1t I would've hung that degenerate by his legs on a tree on my front lawn to let everyone who passes by know not to fvck with my sh1t.These fvcking tree hugging liberals need to understand that there are dangerous people out there and if you don't kill them, they will kill you or your loved ones.

cmrbe3044d ago

but i don't agree that its back or white. The Castle doc is logical but it shouldn't be used without taking factors into consideration. For example. What if you are a 30 your old male and you find out the thief is only a little boy?. What if you know he is not armed and you have a gun?. If you are a young girl or young person and the thief is a older male person then yes you shoun't take any chances. Shoot the person in the head when you get the chance.

If it was me and i have a gun and the thief is unarmed i will hold them up and call the police. The instant they move they would get a bullet on the leg or arm. If all else fail then a bullet in the head.

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UnSelf3045d ago

First news of Bushido Blade 3 exclusive for the PS3 confirmed

Feral Gamer3045d ago

I would personally cause "great bodily harm" and inflict a lot of pain. Killing is a little overboard. People should be punished, however death isn't the answer for everything.

CadDad3045d ago

Maybe that's what the student was trying to do and the damned burlger just failed at living through it. (poor taste for sure)