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.


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  • by Scott Location: Mt. Olive on Sep 22, 2009 at 08:44 AM
    From what I've read the intruder had been released from jail/prison within the 2 prior weeks. He deserved what he got. Saves us tax payers some money not having to house and feed him. "A" - What if he wanted to try and be a "true warrior" and got killed by this intruder. Then what would you say. If I have a sword and someone lunged at me in this situation, I'd have split them too.
  • by Bewildered Location: North Carolina on Sep 21, 2009 at 03:49 PM
    Of course he didnt intend to kill the intruder, now days EVERYONE know u can get SUED for that. Whatever happened to a persons right to protect his property???
  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Sep 21, 2009 at 12:21 PM
    That guy took D&D to the extreme. Seriously, that intruder got what he deserved.
  • by Mike Location: Washington on Sep 21, 2009 at 09:51 AM
    It's a good thing he killed the intruder. If he didn't the intruder would have sued him.
  • by Amber Location: Home on Sep 21, 2009 at 07:12 AM
    Hey A I think he subdued him quite well.This criminal will never move another muscle.
  • by Bill Location: Washington on Sep 21, 2009 at 07:01 AM
    He does deserve a medal! I hate that he had to take a life, but better than him dying. This needs to happen more, if someone choses to breakin your home hate it for them.
  • by Chase on Sep 21, 2009 at 06:33 AM
    To A that 49 year old burglar chose his life style. Do you think that that life style is sacred?I didnt think so.GO NINJA!
  • by b on Sep 21, 2009 at 06:06 AM
    Give him a metal!!!
  • by Jackson Location: Deep Run on Sep 21, 2009 at 05:51 AM
    Time to ban all swords! Time for our government to pass a 3 day waiting period to purchase a sword. Bravo young man you deserve a medal. If breaking into a college students apartment was worth dying for X-box 360, cell phone, small tv, ramen noodles.
  • by L Location: jacksonville on Sep 20, 2009 at 09:04 PM
    Homeowner, do you mean "resort" instead of "result"?
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