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UPDATE: Police: 14-Year-Old Threatened Neighbor With Sword

UPDATED Monday, August 6, 2012 --- 8:54 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A 14-year-old Madison boy is facing disorderly conduct charges for allegedly threatening a neighbor with a sword.

Police said a neighbor boy, who is also 14, chased a ball into the suspect's yard Friday. The neighbor said the suspect drew a 41-inch sword and pointed the tip at his neck.

The victim told investigators he feared he would be killed. He was able to get away and contact an adult.

But the suspect claimed it was he who had been threatened and that he grabbed the sword to defend himself.

Police said Monday that the suspect was arrested on a tentative charge of disorderly conduct and was taken to the juvenile center.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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POSTED Monday, August 6, 2012 --- 11:30 a.m.

From the Madison Police Department:

Incident Type
Weapons Violation

Incident Date
08/03/2012 - 9:35 PM

Address
6400 block Bettys Lane

Arrested
Male, age 14, Madison
Teen was taken to the Juvenile Reception Center on a tentative charge of Disorderly Conduct.

Victim
Male, age 14, Madison

Details
When his ball rolled under the bush of a neighbor's home, the 14-year old went over to fetch it. A teen who lives at the Bettys Lane residence – where the ball had been sent - did not want the other boy in his yard. He drew a 41" sword from its scabbard and pointed it at the other boy, just as the victim pulled the ball out from beneath the bush. The frightened victim said the tip of the sword was at his neck, and he backed away, across the lawn. He said the suspect was threatening him and he feared he would be killed. He was able to get away and contact a trusted adult. The suspect claimed it was he who had been threatened and he told police he grabbed the sword to defend himself.


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