As this burglar discovered the hard way.
Of course, this happening in Maryland requires the following bit of hand-wringing:
Authorities are determining whether the student will face criminal charges, Guglielmi said.
He’d better not. According to the CNN article,
Police did not release the name of the suspect, who Guglielmi said had a long criminal history, or that of the student.
The burglary suspect had been released from prison Saturday, Guglielmi said.
Burglars had taken two laptops and a Sony PlayStation from the students’ home Monday[…]
Student with a sword has three witnesses, presumably a police report documenting Monday’s burglaries, and the burglar has a long list of priors. Sounds open-and-shut to me.
I can’t imagine the horrible mess that a sword-stricken burglar, suddenly sans left hand, would leave in one’s apartment. I can only hope the cops left the students a sponge.
Update: More information from the Baltimore Sun and the AP. Evidently the bad guy was a habitual criminal.