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article imageMan assaults customers with light saber in Toys 'R' Us

By Leigh Goessl     Dec 17, 2011 in Odd News
Portland - A man was arrested on Wednesday night at a Portland, Ore. toy store after allegedly swinging at and assaulting other customers.
The man reportedly assaulted three other customers at the Jantzen Beach mall Toys 'R' Us with a blue light saber, according to KVAL.
When police arrived, they found the suspect still swinging the light saber in the store's parking lot. The responding officers tried to stop the man with a Taser, but it was ineffective because the 33-year-old 'Jedi' kept swinging.
Another officer using a Taser made contact with the suspect, but the man swung the light saber and broke one of the wires.
The police report stated, "Officers arrived and attempted to take the suspect into custody but he continued to swing the light saber and was yelling incoherent statements."
Police also said once the responding officers were able to "take him [Canterbury] to the ground and place him into custody as he continued to violently struggle and yell incoherent statements."
According to a Portland Police news release, the suspect was identified as David Allen Canterbury and was arrested on several counts, including, three counts of Assault in the Fourth Degree, one count of Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, one count of Theft in the Third Degree, one count of Resisting Arrest, and one count of Interfering with a Police Officer.
Seattle's Daily Weekly reported Portland police spokesman Pete Simpson said Canterbury is "not unfamiliar with police contact or jail." Additionally, court records indicate the suspect has several previous drug-related arrests.
Medical personnel treated the suspect on the scene and subsequently transported Canterbury to a local hospital to undergo a mental evaluation.
"I can't say if he's got a history of [mental illness]," Simpson said, per The Daily Weekly, "But he clearly needed some treatment that night."
After his mental health evaluation, Canterbury is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 11, 2012 to answer these charges on Jan. 11, 2012.
Police say none of the light saber assault victims needed any medical attention.
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