Shirtless, Sword-Swinging 'Samurai' Arrested on Interstate

The man later told police he was “cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs”

By Lisa Balde
|  Tuesday, Sep 6, 2011  |  Updated 5:43 PM CDT
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A shirtless man swinging a 35-inch samurai sword while marching along an Indiana interstate was arrested Sunday afternoon.

The man, who appeared to be in his 40s but refused to give police his name, told officers he was “cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs,” according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

He apparently abandoned his car in a middle lane of Interstate 65 and was seen waving the sword around 2:30 p.m., police said.

“The man was marching like a drum major, holding the sword, moving it up and down in rhythm with his marching cadence,” State Police said in a statement.

The man defensively swung the sword at an approaching state trooper but then dropped it in compliance with the trooper's command.

He then tried to force himself into an SUV that swerved and stopped on the inner shoulder to avoid hitting a police vehicle responding to the incident, police said

He was charged with attempted carjacking, resisting law enforcement and possession of marijuana.
 

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