According to authorities, the 22-year-old suspect got involved in a verbal altercation with family members at a home in Lodi, NJ. When the verbal dispute escalated and became physical, the suspect allegedly got ahold of a couple of 24-inch swords.
Witnesses later informed police that the suspect started to wildly swing the swords in the direction of other people at the scene.
The suspect’s family members managed to get the swords away from the suspect.
Someone then notified the Lodi Police Department, which sent police officers to the scene. When police got to the residence, they were able to quickly subdue the suspect and place him under arrest.
If the suspect is ultimately convicted on the aggravated assault charges, he would be subject to severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b), aggravated assault with any kind of deadly weapon, like a knife, sword, or gun, can be classified as a third degree crime. A conviction for third degree aggravated assault could result in a sentence of 3-5 years in NJ State Prison.
After being arrested and processed, the suspect secured his release from police custody by posting $20,000 bail. He will be required to appear in Bergen County Superior Court in Hackensack NJ at a later date to answer the criminal charges.
To learn more about this case, view the NJ.com article entitled “Man Subdued After Waving 2 Swords, Police Say.”