JHU Student Kills Suspected Burglar With Sword|ABC 7 News
Baltimore police say a Johns Hopkins University student armed with a samurai sword killed an intruder he discovered in his garage.
The undergrads who live in the rowhouse in the 300 block of University Boulevard were awakened about 1:20 a.m. They had experienced a break-in the day before and were concerned and scared. One them carried a decorative samurai-type sword.
He told police he found a man hiding under a counter in the garage, and when he yelled for his housemates to call 911, the man lunged toward him.
"The student, in a panic, swung the samurai sword, severed the man's hand," said Baltimore police Det. Donny Moses.
The presumed burglar bled out and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police identified him as Donald Rice, a career thief just two days out of jail from another burglary charge.
The student is a pre-med junior from New Jersey with no criminal history. The tragic intersection of their very different lives has neighbors shaking their heads in sadness.
"There were two people in that yard: one had a weapon, one didn't -- both were scared," said Daniel Toland. "Maybe the kid did the right thing, I don't know."
But for Monica Baker, "I mean to arm yourself to investigate is one thing, to act like that is totally different."
Fellow student Diego Ardila lived in the house over the summer. He believes the student who swung the sword did what he had to.
"It was self defense," Ardila said. "It was just such a shock. You just don't expect someone you know to kill a man with a samurai sword."
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says campus police and an off-duty city officer responding to a call for a suspicious person heard screams to call police around 1:20 a.m. Tuesday in the 300 block of University Boulevard.
Police are interviewing the student and others and are talking to prosecutors about whether to file charges.