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6/30/2007 1:38am,
HIALEAH, Fla. -- A teenager with a brown belt in karate used a samurai sword to scare off a burglar who was after his PlayStation 3 video game console.

Last Friday afternoon, Damian Fernandez and his 15-year-old sister, Deanne Fernandez, were home alone at their northwest Miami-Dade County home while their parents were at work when they heard knocking on the front door. Moments later, two men were prying the front door unlocked, prompting Deanne to hide in her closet.

"I was so scared," she said.

As her brother slept in the next room, the burglars ransacked their parents' room, taking some jewelry before moving on to what they were really after -- a PlayStation 3.

According to a police report, one of the burglars kicked in Deanne's bedroom door. She said she could see his foot through the closet panels.

The burglar found the empty PlayStation 3 box and ran out of the room, but Damian was waiting for him.

"Once I saw him take off running back, I jumped off my (bunk) bed and I grabbed my sword and I just waited for him," he said.

Damian said he lunged at him with his samurai sword, striking him in the chest.

"He freaked out," Damian said.

The burglar ran out of the house with Damian chasing him down the road. When police arrived, a K-9 officer located the burglar hiding behind a neighbor's palm tree. The second burglar got away.

Javier Cotera, 21, was arrested and released early the next morning on bond.Local 10 attempted to contact Cotera at his Hialeah home, but his family said he wasn't there and that they didn't know anything about it.

Damian and Deanne's father, Delio Fernandez, said he is concerned Cotera is out of jail.

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"If he would have had a gun, I could have lost one of my children," he said.

Cotera is scheduled to appear in court in two weeks to face three felony charges.

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I guess with the right motivation...

colonelpong2
6/30/2007 3:52am,
I bet Phil is rubbing his hands with glee....

Boyd
6/30/2007 11:25am,
I'd defend my PS3 to the death. Without it, what would I play Lair on?

JabCrossHook
6/30/2007 11:52am,
HIALEAH, Fla. -- A teenager with a brown belt in karate used a samurai sword to scare off a burglar who was after his PlayStation 3 video game console.

Do you really need a brown belt in karate to threaten someone with a sword? :happy7:

OZZ
6/30/2007 12:32pm,
Do you really need a brown belt in karate to threaten someone with a sword? :happy7:

Maybe not..but the kid's confidence is impressive and might be thanks to his training that he had the guts to attack a grown man.
Good for him.

X_plosion
6/30/2007 8:57pm,
Yes, good on the kid.

Just happy that he and his sister weren't hurt in the incident.

chaosexmachina
6/30/2007 9:36pm,
That's funny. If someone invaded my house, the first thing I'd grab is the handy katana on my dresser...

colonelpong2
6/30/2007 10:10pm,
Do you really need a brown belt in karate to threaten someone with a sword? :happy7:

No, but you do need a copy of Phil's "Street sword".

Having read this article i dont feel so dumb about keeping my swords under my bed

PizDoff
7/03/2007 3:17pm,
Front paged this article. Great post!
http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=56927

Ming Loyalist
7/03/2007 3:40pm,
i would grab my rattan sticks over a cheaply made sword in a heartbeat, and if i used my wife's family katana she or her dad would kill me.

tyciol
7/09/2007 5:45pm,
I'd say a brown belt in karate would probably be more dangerous on average than your normal person with a sword, if only for being coordinated and possessing some speed/strength/stance.

Gezere
7/09/2007 9:38pm,
i would grab my rattan sticks over a cheaply made sword in a heartbeat, and if i used my wife's family katana she or her dad would kill me.
As well as they should.

I have a Paul Chen Practical Plus on a stand next to my bed and another in the living room. Unfortunately for my would-be robber my pistols are closer.:qleft1:

The thing that pisses me off about this story is that the guy is out on bond the SAME DAY!!! I hate this about Miami (aka Cuba de Norte) guys do **** then get let out and a good portion of the time they take off.

NJM
7/10/2007 12:55am,
Why in god's name would you risk your life defending a PS Triple? cause of ze MAD GRAFICKS?!?!

Gezere
7/10/2007 1:57pm,
Why in god's name would you risk your life defending a PS Triple? cause of ze MAD GRAFICKS?!?!
I think a more apt question would be why would you risk your life trying to TAKE a PS3?

NJM
7/10/2007 5:42pm,
I think a more apt question would be why would you risk your life trying to TAKE a PS3?

If it were me, the second they started taking the Triple I would just go back to bed.

avenger
7/11/2007 12:25am,
I better get a katana. If someone breaks into my house, they won't try to steal my 360 and I can chase them down the street. Just like that kid did. He was so lucky that they didn't have guns.