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Police: Man attacked neighbor with samurai sword

Police: Man attacked neighbor with samurai sword

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A Colorado Springs man was arrested after police said he attacked his neighbor with a samurai sword on Tuesday morning.

The suspect, 22-year-old Sean Knapp, is accused of confronting a neighbor at the Westwind Apartments with the sword, and swinging it at the victim's face.  The victim tried to fight back and caught the sword with bare hands.  Both the victim and the suspect were bleeding extensively, police said.

The victim went through surgery and police said on Wednesday that he is doing well.

Knapp was released from the hospital on Wednesday afternoon and booked into the Criminal Justice Center.  Charges filed against him and a booking photo were not available as of Wednesday evening.  Information about the circumstances surrounding the attack have not been released.

Ken Bretag, the manager of Prince of Blades, a sword and knife store in Colorado Springs, told KRDO NewsChannel 13 that a samurai sword could easily be a deadly weapon.

"It could do major damage," Bretag said. "They're primarily very sharp.  They could cut through bone easily."

Bretag said buying a samurai sword is easy.

"You just walk in and buy one.  The only regulation we have is you have to be over 18," he said.

The availability of swords to consumers did not concern Bretag, who said he can make a judgement call when selling blades.

"If they're drunk? Nope, sorry, go home," Bretag said.

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