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Man swings light saber, assaults toy store customers, Ore. police say

Police say a Portland man assaulted at least three customers in a Toys R' Us store with a toy light saber on Dec. 14, 2011. The 33-year-old man, David Allen Canterbury, was taken to the hospital for a mental evaluation after the incident. CBS affiliate KVAL reports Sgt. Pete Simpson says officers found the man, still swinging the light saber, in the parking lot of the store. One officer tried to use a taser, but it proved ineffective. A second officer tried to stun the assailant with his Taser but Canterbury broke one of the wires on the device with the light saber. Simpson said the officers then wrestled the suspect to the ground as he yelled incoherent statements. Authorities said Canterbury received citations for three counts of assault, and one count each of disorderly conduct, theft, and resisting arrest. CBS/KVAL

David Allen Canterbury allegedly swung a toy light saber at customers in a toy store, according to Portland, Ore. police.
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(CBS/KVAL/AP) PORTLAND, Ore. - A Portland man is accused of swinging a toy light saber at customers in a toy store, assaulting at least three of them, police say.

The 33-year-old man, David Allen Canterbury, was taken to the hospital for a mental evaluation after the incident.

CBS affiliate KVAL reports Sgt. Pete Simpson says officers found the man, still swinging the light saber, in the parking lot of a Toys R Us store Wednesday night. One officer tried to use a Taser, but it proved ineffective.

A second officer tried to stun the assailant with his Taser but Canterbury broke one of the wires on the device with the light saber.

Simpson said the officers then wrestled the suspect to the ground as he yelled incoherent statements.

Authorities said Canterbury received citations for three counts of assault, and one count each of disorderly conduct, theft, and resisting arrest.

He is scheduled to appear in court in January 2012.

None of the customers needed medical attention, Simpson said.

  • Katie Wiggin

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