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A Johns Hopkins University student armed with a samurai sword killed a man who broke into the garage of his off-campus residence early Tuesday, a Baltimore police spokesman said.

According to preliminary reports, a resident of the 300 block of E. University Parkway called police about a suspicious person, department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. An off-duty officer responded about 1:20 a.m. to the area with university security, according to Guglielmi. They heard shouts and screams from a neighboring house and found the suspected burglar suffering from a nearly severed hand and laceration to his upper body, he said.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. Based on the initial investigation, the student killed the man with only one strike of the sword, according to Guglielmi. The medical examiner will make the final determination, he said.

The student told police that he heard a commotion in the house and went downstairs armed with the sword, Guglielmi said. He saw the side door to the garage had been pried open and found a man inside, who lunged at the student. There was no indication that the suspected burglar was armed, however, according to Guglielmi.

Burglars had already stolen two laptops and a Sony PlayStation from the student's home Monday, Guglielmi said.

Dennis O'Shea, a spokesman for Johns Hopkins, said all four residents of the house are undergraduate students at the university. Police had released three of the roommates by Tuesday afternoon. The student who wielded the sword remained in custody while investigators worked to corroborate his story with evidence and witness statements. Police have not released the name of the residents, but department sources identified the detained student as John Pontolillo, 20, of Wall, N.J.

The city state's attorney's office will determine whether to press charges, Guglielmi said.



Police have also not formally released the name of the suspected burglar, but a department source identified the man as Donald D. Rice, 49, of the 600 block of E. 27th St. in Baltimore. Guglielmi said the suspect had 29 prior convictions for crimes such as breaking and entering, and had been released Saturday from the Baltimore County Detention Center after he was arrested by county police in August 2008 for stealing a car in Baltimore. Rice was found guilty in December on one count of unauthorized removal of property, and he was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Michael Hughes of the 3400 block of University Place, about a block away from the scene, said he was working at his home when he heard screams shortly after 1 a.m.

"I could hear the fear in the voice, and I could tell someone was scared," said Hughes, 43, who works for Johns Hopkins' Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Hughes said he called police and could hear sirens as he was on the phone. He walked over to the crime scene shortly after.

"The body was near the garage. And I watched them carry the sword out. The whole thing was surreal and totally bizarre," Hughes said.

By Tuesday afternoon, two pools of blood remained on the ground a few feet away from the door to the garage, which is not connected to the home. A door to a wooden fence surrounding the back yard was broken, allowing the scene to be viewed from the sidewalk.

The three-story house has five bedrooms and two bathrooms, according to Diego Ardila, a junior at Hopkins. Ardila said he lived in the house during the summer and was a roommate of two of the people that currently live there.

Ardila, 19, said one of the roommates owned a samurai sword and generally kept it in his room. Ardila described the student as somewhat outgoing, although they did not speak frequently.

"He kept the sword on top of his cabinet," Ardila said.

Five people lived at the house during the summer, according to Ardila, who now lives a few blocks away.

"You don't expect to hear that someone you know killed a guy with a samurai sword. From what little I know of him, he wasn't some guy going out to kill," Ardila said.

Guglielmi said it is legal to possess a sword in Baltimore, and "individuals have a right to defend their person and their property." But the police spokesman said he was not in a position to comment on whether it was appropriate to use a sword, baseball bat or other means of defense.

Rice was arrested Sept. 25, 2006, for operating a stolen vehicle. Inside the vehicle, police found a camera bag with video tapes that had been taken from a home in the 200 block of E. University Parkway, which was ransacked a month before when someone broke in through a back window, according to court records. The intruder stole luggage, a laptop computer, a video camera, two digital cameras, and the black camera bag.

Rice was charged in both incidents, and received five months in jail –– or time served –– for the theft, court records show.

On Dec. 14, 2007, police on patrol in the 400 block of E. 27th St. saw Rice, who the officers wrote looked suspicious and was fumbling with something in his jacket pocket, court records show. When an officer approached, Rice pulled a loaded Rohm .22-caliber handgun, which the officer was able to grab.

Rice was charged with several weapons charges, but prosecutors dropped the case in Circuit Court in July 2008 after one of the officers –– who was deployed overseas with the military –– could not attend a court hearing, according to the state's attorney's office
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Good slice.
Does "vaporized" mean nothing happened to it?
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Good stab
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The city state's attorney's office will determine whether to press charges, Guglielmi said.


Fuck that shit whole of a city.

this from the same city looking into pressing charges on the 'prostitute' and 'pimp' but now acorn.

no wonder it phases no one when murders hit 300 for the year in the city, we expect so much, but when someone defends himself, NOW they want to press charges?
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The student who wielded the sword remained in custody while investigators worked to corroborate his story with evidence and witness statements.




Good chop.....he should have never been taken "into custody"
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Why is this guy still in custody?
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A Johns Hopkins University student armed with a samurai sword killed a man who broke into the garage of his off-campus residence early Tuesday, a Baltimore police spokesman said.

According to preliminary reports, a resident of the 300 block of E. University Parkway called police about a suspicious person, department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. An off-duty officer responded about 1:20 a.m. to the area with university security, according to Guglielmi. They heard shouts and screams from a neighboring house and found the suspected burglar suffering from a nearly severed hand and laceration to his upper body, he said.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. Based on the initial investigation, the student killed the man with only one strike of the sword, according to Guglielmi. The medical examiner will make the final determination, he said.

The student told police that he heard a commotion in the house and went downstairs armed with the sword, Guglielmi said. He saw the side door to the garage had been pried open and found a man inside, who lunged at the student. There was no indication that the suspected burglar was armed, however, according to Guglielmi.

Burglars had already stolen two laptops and a Sony PlayStation from the student's home Monday, Guglielmi said.

Dennis O'Shea, a spokesman for Johns Hopkins, said all four residents of the house are undergraduate students at the university. Police had released three of the roommates by Tuesday afternoon. The student who wielded the sword remained in custody while investigators worked to corroborate his story with evidence and witness statements. Police have not released the name of the residents, but department sources identified the detained student as John Pontolillo, 20, of Wall, N.J.

The city state's attorney's office will determine whether to press charges, Guglielmi said.



Police have also not formally released the name of the suspected burglar, but a department source identified the man as Donald D. Rice, 49, of the 600 block of E. 27th St. in Baltimore. Guglielmi said the suspect had 29 prior convictions for crimes such as breaking and entering, and had been released Saturday from the Baltimore County Detention Center after he was arrested by county police in August 2008 for stealing a car in Baltimore. Rice was found guilty in December on one count of unauthorized removal of property, and he was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Michael Hughes of the 3400 block of University Place, about a block away from the scene, said he was working at his home when he heard screams shortly after 1 a.m.

"I could hear the fear in the voice, and I could tell someone was scared," said Hughes, 43, who works for Johns Hopkins' Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Hughes said he called police and could hear sirens as he was on the phone. He walked over to the crime scene shortly after.

"The body was near the garage. And I watched them carry the sword out. The whole thing was surreal and totally bizarre," Hughes said.

By Tuesday afternoon, two pools of blood remained on the ground a few feet away from the door to the garage, which is not connected to the home. A door to a wooden fence surrounding the back yard was broken, allowing the scene to be viewed from the sidewalk.

The three-story house has five bedrooms and two bathrooms, according to Diego Ardila, a junior at Hopkins. Ardila said he lived in the house during the summer and was a roommate of two of the people that currently live there.

Ardila, 19, said one of the roommates owned a samurai sword and generally kept it in his room. Ardila described the student as somewhat outgoing, although they did not speak frequently.

"He kept the sword on top of his cabinet," Ardila said.

Five people lived at the house during the summer, according to Ardila, who now lives a few blocks away.

"You don't expect to hear that someone you know killed a guy with a samurai sword. From what little I know of him, he wasn't some guy going out to kill," Ardila said.

Guglielmi said it is legal to possess a sword in Baltimore, and "individuals have a right to defend their person and their property." But the police spokesman said he was not in a position to comment on whether it was appropriate to use a sword, baseball bat or other means of defense.

Rice was arrested Sept. 25, 2006, for operating a stolen vehicle. Inside the vehicle, police found a camera bag with video tapes that had been taken from a home in the 200 block of E. University Parkway, which was ransacked a month before when someone broke in through a back window, according to court records. The intruder stole luggage, a laptop computer, a video camera, two digital cameras, and the black camera bag.

Rice was charged in both incidents, and received five months in jail –– or time served –– for the theft, court records show.

On Dec. 14, 2007, police on patrol in the 400 block of E. 27th St. saw Rice, who the officers wrote looked suspicious and was fumbling with something in his jacket pocket, court records show. When an officer approached, Rice pulled a loaded Rohm .22-caliber handgun, which the officer was able to grab.

Rice was charged with several weapons charges, but prosecutors dropped the case in Circuit Court in July 2008 after one of the officers –– who was deployed overseas with the military –– could not attend a court hearing, according to the state's attorney's office


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Police have also not formally released the name of the suspected burglar, but a department source identified the man as Donald D. Rice, 49, of the 600 block of E. 27th St. in Baltimore. Guglielmi said the suspect had 29 prior convictions for crimes such as breaking and entering, and had been released Saturday from the Baltimore County Detention Center after he was arrested by county police in August 2008 for stealing a car in Baltimore.


He was locked up by my squad for poss. of burglars tools earlier this summer.
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Police have also not formally released the name of the suspected burglar, but a department source identified the man as Donald D. Rice, 49, of the 600 block of E. 27th St. in Baltimore. Guglielmi said the suspect had 29 prior convictions for crimes such as breaking and entering, and had been released Saturday from the Baltimore County Detention Center after he was arrested by county police in August 2008 for stealing a car in Baltimore.


He was locked up by my squad for poss. of burglars tools earlier this summer.


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Originally Posted By thedoctors308:
Police have also not formally released the name of the suspected burglar, but a department source identified the man as Donald D. Rice, 49, of the 600 block of E. 27th St. in Baltimore. Guglielmi said the suspect had 29 prior convictions for crimes such as breaking and entering, and had been released Saturday from the Baltimore County Detention Center after he was arrested by county police in August 2008 for stealing a car in Baltimore.


He was locked up by my squad for poss. of burglars tools earlier this summer.


What a POS.

Good slice +87


ETA: I love how the perp pulled a gun on a cop and got the charges dismissed but they need to detain the guy who finally put that dog down.
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Hassan chop!

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That must have been one sharp sword. 1 swing and he cut through his upper body and nearly cut off his hand.


Now watch the libtards call for a Federal assault samurai sword ban.

They had one in Britain.
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This. No charges should be no custody. What is with innocent until proven guilty.
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Why is this guy still in custody?


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The student who wielded the sword remained in custody while investigators worked to corroborate his story with evidence and witness statements.




Good chop.....he should have never been taken "into custody"


IIRC everybody gets cuffed and stuffed til things get sorted out in a lot of places.

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We need a law to ban these deadly swords, these weapons that have no use other than hunting and slaughtering people.

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Killing a home intruder with a sword should automatically qualify the swordsman for free team membership.
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There was no indication that the suspected burglar was armed, however, according to Guglielmi.
(How about, WHO CARES!)


But the police spokesman said he was not in a position to comment on whether it was appropriate to use a sword, baseball bat or other means of defense.
(What is appropriate, HARSH LANGUAGE!)


Guglielmi said the suspect had 29 prior convictions for crimes such as breaking and entering, and had been released Saturday from the Baltimore County Detention Center
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Originally Posted By dark_light:
That must have been one sharp sword. 1 swing and he cut through his upper body and nearly cut off his hand.


Now watch the libtards call for a Federal assault samurai sword ban.

They had one in Britain.



Some people buy the real thing, not wall hangars. For the price though I'd just rather have a gun. A servicable carbon steel sword can be had for $200+

Like so.
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Good swing.

Hope the kid doesn't get charged. Hope the BG had a weapon.
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Maybe Ghetto Cop will correct me if I'm wrong but anytime there's a dead body, someone's going in until the story is completely checked out.
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Is anyone else fixated on the real problem with this story?

Guglielmi said the suspect had 29 prior convictions for crimes such as breaking and entering...

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

Rice was charged with several weapons charges, but prosecutors dropped the case in Circuit Court in July 2008 after one of the officers –– who was deployed overseas with the military –– could not attend a court hearing, according to the state's attorney's office

Do you guys not have a frickin' 3 strikes law on the books?

Doctors308, with career scumbags roaming the streets like that, you stay safe...
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Originally Posted By PogueMahone:
Maybe Ghetto Cop will correct me if I'm wrong but anytime there's a dead body, someone's going in until the story is completely checked out.


In this city, they can't afford to do anything else.
The fact that he isn't already charged is a good thing.
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i wonder if the guys guts were splayed out on the floor next to him.






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Originally Posted By thedoctors308:
Originally Posted By PogueMahone:
Maybe Ghetto Cop will correct me if I'm wrong but anytime there's a dead body, someone's going in until the story is completely checked out.


In this city, they can't afford to do anything else.
The fact that he isn't already charged is a good thing.


Nothing personal, but based on this guys record, apparently they can afford it.

It will be a sad day if they charge the swordsman. Stay safe td308
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Is anyone else fixated on the real problem with this story?

Guglielmi said the suspect had 29 prior convictions for crimes such as breaking and entering...

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

Rice was charged with several weapons charges, but prosecutors dropped the case in Circuit Court in July 2008 after one of the officers –– who was deployed overseas with the military –– could not attend a court hearing, according to the state's attorney's office

Do you guys not have a frickin' 3 strikes law on the books?

Doctors308, with career scumbags roaming the streets like that, you stay safe...


no, we have better things to do then fool around with those silly laws. our legislature focuses on raising taxes in order to reduce revenue.

how come the only time my state is mentioned in the national media i feel embarrassed to live here?
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Hopefully he'll be out today or tomorrow with no charges filed.

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Good slice.


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And another one bites the dust! Lets hope this ends well for the kid who was defending his home.
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If he had any doubts about his sword prowess, he knows now.

Nice to see that he took a stab at it.
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29 priors?

Guess he liked living on the edge... wonder how he liked dying on it?

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He killed me with a sword, Mal. How weird is that?!!??!
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Originally Posted By Hoodooman:
Is anyone else fixated on the real problem with this story?

Guglielmi said the suspect had 29 prior convictions for crimes such as breaking and entering...

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

Rice was charged with several weapons charges, but prosecutors dropped the case in Circuit Court in July 2008 after one of the officers –– who was deployed overseas with the military –– could not attend a court hearing, according to the state's attorney's office

Do you guys not have a frickin' 3 strikes law on the books?

Doctors308, with career scumbags roaming the streets like that, you stay safe...


That is the state's attorney here for you.
For those 29 convictions, he probably had three times as many arrests.
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