Today’s Feel-Good Story – With A Twist

| April 24, 2013 | 37 Comments

A man in Millcreek, UT, once again demonstrated the benefits of an armed citizenry yesterday. But this incident was a bit different from the norm.

Kent Hendrix was awakened yesterday by his son pounding on his bedroom door. His son advised him that someone was being mugged outside.

As a good citizen, Hendrix threw on some clothes. He then grabbed a weapon and wen to assist.  Several other neighbors did so as well.

There was indeed an altercation in progress. A woman – a neighbor of Hendrix’s – was being assaulted by a male acquaintance.  Hendrix intervened, drawing his weapon.

Hendrix’s weapon was a bit unusual, though: a samurai sword (katana) with a 29″ blade.  Seems Hendrix is a martial-arts instructor and trains with swords regularly. He reportedly owned this particular sword for 20 years and keeps it by his bed at night.  He’d grabbed it as he was leaving his bedroom.

The man reportedly was stunned when he saw Hendrix draw his sword and come towards him. (No word on whether or not he wet himself.) The attacker immediately fled, dropping a Chap-Stick as he did so.

Hendrix was barefoot, and thus unable to catch the attacker. But he recovered the Chap-Stick, and got close enough to get the license plate number of the attacker’s car as he drove off.

The attacker later turned himself in to local police.

Well done, Mr. Hendrix et al. Well done.

Category: Feel Good Stories, Legal, Who knows

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  1. PintoNag says:

    A SWORD?? Kewl!!

  2. Jonathon The Impaler Sharkey says:

    Ha! None of you bozos can wield a sword better than I.

  3. PintoNag says:

    @2 Maybe not, but I can take your face off with shuriken.

  4. Hondo says:

    Sharkey, you wouldn’t recognize a sword if someone handed you one and told you what it was. Begone, idiot. Go back to trolling seedy Strip bars looking for naive fools who buy your bull.

  5. SGT Kane says:

    I can’t wait to hear the Brady’s start saying “See! You don’t need a gun to stop violence!”

  6. Hack Stone says:

    Live by the sword; chase away guys beating up girls with the sword.

  7. Hondo says:

    SGT Kane: and here’s my answer when they make that claim.

  8. Hack Stone says:

    Here is another story of someone using a sword when confronting a “suspected criminal”. Be warned, it has a sworded (sordid) ending.

    http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2009-09-16/news/0909150076_1_samurai-sword-samurai-weapon-pontolillo

    When this initially happened, a relative of the RD (Recently Deceased) stated what a great guy he was, he was turning his life around, blah, blah, blah. And wouldn’t you know, he was just released from jail two days earlier. On one of the artciles about this, I wrote that the homeowner should be commended for succesfully disarming the intruder.

  9. Tman says:

    Those samurai swords are no joke, I’d freaking run if a guy with one came after me. Those things, at least the good crafted ones I think, would slice through limbs like butter.

  10. Bubblehead Ray says:

    When you said “dropped a Chapstick” I thought that was a euphemism for “shit himself”

  11. PintoNag says:

    @10 Yes they would. To Hondo’s example of gun vs. sword, I’d reply ‘Wrong kind of sword, handled the wrong way.’ For myself, if I had to use a long blade, I’d go with a Jamaican cane machete. (And yes, I used to own one of those. Pity I don’t still have it.)

  12. Jeff says:

    He was a Mormon Bishop and a Black Belt and sword expert, awesome!

  13. David says:

    Lot of people just don’t seem to cotton to the idea of a big shiny blade going in here, coming out there, and hooked together in the middle. Also lots who’ll face getting shot with apolmb who back off at the sight of a relatively small blade…. go figure.

  14. Ex-PH2 says:

    I have, in a sheath, a short sword. It’s in a sheath because it is an edged weapon. I would willingly use it on an intruder if the frying pan didn’t work. While the frying pan (cast iron) probaly would work and is always on top of the stove, the sword might be more intimidating.

  15. SFC Holland says:

    Universal background checks for sword owners!!! think of the children!!!

  16. Hack Stone says:

    SFC Holland@16, would that include those tiny swords you get with hors d’œuvre?

  17. Flagwaver says:

    This is not all that unheard of, actually. If you run in the right martial arts circles, you hear this kind of thing all the time. Most people don’t really get big-time into the news for it, though. The most people think of when they hear “man with sword” is that video of the guy high and wielding a sword.

    I keep my katana by my bedstand. Sure, my .45 has better range, but my walls are thin and my neighbor (duplex) had kids. With over a decade of Aikido under my belt, I feel fairly confident in the use of the blade.

    Though, for the love of God, it is a katana and not a Samurai Sword… It is only a Samurai Sword if it is carried with a Wakazashi (that is the short sword variant).

  18. Hondo says:

    PintoNag: max effective range of an edged weapon (spears excepted): maybe 10 m, thrown by an expert; more likely 2-3 m tops if used normally.

    Max effective range of a .45 or 9mm: 50m.

    I know which one gives me a better chance, thanks.

  19. defensor fortissimo says:

    “Any officer who goes into action without his sword is improperly armed.”

    Jack Churchill
    http://sofrep.com/13630/remembering-fighting-jack-churchill/

  20. Hondo says:

    I think the French said something like that at Agincourt regarding plate armor too, defensor.

    Times change, as do appropriate weapons and tactics.

  21. PintoNag says:

    @19 I wasn’t arguing with you, Hondo. I prefer a gun myself, although I do have an appreciation for a good blade.

  22. Flagwaver says:

    Don’t get me wrong, I do have my .45 for home defense. If someone opens my bedroom door, they will get a pair of assholes double-tapped in their center of mass. If I hear someone screwing with my back door, they will get the same treatment the moment they set foot inside the door. However, my front door faces my neighbor’s house and these walls are paper thin.

    I know the Vice President said all you have to do is shoot through the door or fire a couple of shots into the air, but I prefer to follow the law and not the ramblings of a deranged idiot.

  23. NR Pax says:

    @9: The bad part of that story is that the DA was looking at pressing charges against the man and once his name got out, the death threats from the local community quickly followed.

  24. FatCircles0311 says:

    He’s lucky his ass didn’t get shot. What a retard. What is this 18th century Japan?

  25. pete says:

    @25,,at least he ran to the fire and not away from it!

  26. Hack Stone says:

    NR Pax@24, yeah, I could understand why he was recieving death threats. He cut down a fine upstanding member of the community in the prime (crime) of his life.

  27. PintoNag says:

    @24 and 27: What? The story says the guy fled when he saw the sword. What are the two of you referring to?

  28. Al T. says:

    Pinto, link at post 9. :)

  29. malclave says:

    So I wonder if this is what the Democrats will soon be calling an “assault knife”.

    Just remember… in the end, there can be only one.

  30. Bill C says:

    I gather that the assailant wasn’t too sharp?

  31. MAJMike says:

    At least he wasn’t using one of those scary “assault” hoplite spears (dory) or a Roman pilum. No one really needs one of those.

  32. Flagwaver says:

    He should have just brandished an axe on his porch or thrown it through his door. That’s what Biden would suggest.

  33. defensor fortissimo says:

    @Hondo
    Considering Churchill also managed to score one of the only confirmed kills with a longbow of WWII, there’s a pretty good chance of him fitting in just fine at Azincourt ;). I catch your point, however, the reason I brought up that quote is because a) It seemed relevant to the story, b)it’s one of the few modern examples of someone carrying a sword into combat and using it efficiently, c)I’ve been a sucker for Churchill’s story ever since i read it on Badassoftheweek.com a while ago.

  34. Hondo says:

    defensor: no argument that Jack Churchill was a true badass. But in his day, it was British practice to pray overmuch at the altar of tradition vice changing with the times.

  35. Nik says:

    I watched a brief interview with the guy. Reportedly, as he recovered the assailant’s chapstick, he yelled out “I’ve got your DNA now”.

  36. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    Here’s a sword story of a different sort. Go to the link and have a read. You will not be disappointed. Unfortunately, the author refers to the Fallen WW I as a “dead soldier.” He doesn’t get it: The only dead soldiers are those who not remembered.

    http://www.myfoxorlando.com/story/22054226/a-century-after-wwi-a-dead-soldier-unites

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