Crime

Man wielding samurai sword sends Graham woman fleeing from home

A Graham woman was sitting in her living room Wednesday when she heard a man screaming outside her back door.

When she looked to see who was causing the ruckus, she saw a man, blood running down his arms, wielding a samurai sword, according to court documents.

He started shaking her home’s French doors, trying to get inside.

“She watched in terror as the defendant walked around the residence, swinging and hitting exterior house walls and windows with a long samurai sword,” according to court documents.

“When she heard a door opening and crashing glass, she feared for her life and ran out of her house barefooted.”

The woman drove to 288th Street East and flagged down a passer-by, who gave her a cellphone to call 911.

Pierce County sheriff’s deputies responded about 11:45 a.m. and went down the woman’s driveway, where they found a 36-year-old man and his teenage son.

The man, who wore a home monitoring device because he is being supervised by the state Department of Corrections, told deputies there were “bodies everywhere” and “they” were after him, records show.

His son said his father had barricaded himself in a bedroom all night and then jumped out of a window with the sword and dashed into the woods toward the victim’s house.

Deputies believe the man was high on methamphetamine at the time of the incident.

The woman’s house sustained more than $5,000 damage with broken doors and windows, and glass and blood covering the floor, walls, doors and baby crib, according to charging papers.

A bed had been flipped to cover a window. The samurai sword was found under an overturned stereo cabinet.

The man pleaded not guilty Thursday to first-degree burglary and first-degree malicious mischief. He was ordered held in lieu of $750,000 bail.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

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