College Student Kills Intruder With Samurai Sword

Baltimore police say they don't believe a Johns Hopkins University student had "the intent to kill" when he took a samurai sword to confront an intruder on his property.

Twenty-year-old John Pontolillo of New Jersey ended up killing a man with the sword in the fenced courtyard behind his off-campus home, which he shares with three other students.

Police say the intruder lunged at Pontolillo, who killed him with a single blow from the sword. The 49-year-old suspected burglar, Donald Rice, died at the scene.

Pontolillo has not been charged with a crime. Police have said they're consulting with prosecutors.

While police initially reported Rice was hiding in a detached garage behind the home, they said Thursday he was hiding in a courtyard.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
WITN

275 E. Arlington Blvd. Greenville, NC 27858 252-439-7777
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 59785997 - witn.com/a?a=59785997
Gray Television, Inc.