Portland man in custody after light saber attack

Portland man in custody after light saber attack

Portland man in custody after light saber attack

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by Michael Rollins

KREM.com

Posted on December 15, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 3:17 AM

PORTLAND -- Portland police wrestled a man to the ground who had reportedly been swinging a 'Star Wars' light saber at customers in a Toys R Us store at Jantzen Beach, said Sgt. Pete Simpson.

Officers were dispatched to the store shortly before 10 p.m., Wednesday on reports that the man had already assaulted three customers with the toy sword. None of them was injured.

Before officers arrived, dispatchers were told the man had walked out into the parking lot, still swinging the sword. Police found the man in the lot talking incoherently.

An officer tried to use a Taser, but the device failed. A second Taser also failed after the man used the light saber to break one of the wires, Simpson said.

Officers then rushed the man, taking him to the ground as he struggled violently and continued to shout nonsense.

David A. Canterbury, 33, was placed on a police hold at a hospital for a mental evaluation. This photo is from a September, 2011 booking into the Multnomah County jail.

He was cited for three counts of fourth-degree assault, second-degree disorderly conduct, third-degree theft, resisting arrest and interfering with a police officer.

He was scheduled to appear in court Jan. 11.

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