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Police arrest man accused of light saber assault at Toys R Us

Eric Pfeiffer
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"An elegant weapon from a more civilized age"

Police in Portland, Ore, were alerted to a disturbance in the Force Wednesday night after a man allegedly went on a rampage with a plastic light saber at a local Toys R Us store.

After fielding a 9-1-1 call, police officers made their way to the scene, only to find that the attacker had left the store and was continuing his assault in the parking lot. And according to the local police report, the situation only became stranger after that:

Officers arrived and attempted to take the suspect into custody but he continued to swing the light saber and was yelling incoherent statements. One officer attempted to use a Taser but it was ineffective. A second officer used a Taser which made good contact but the suspect used the light saber to break one of the wires.

Yes, that's right: The attacker used his light saber to deflect two Taser blasts.

The police officers were eventually able to subdue the 33-year-old man, who has not yet been named publicly. Thankfully, Yoda's adage that "Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering," was not followed to its conclusion. Portland Police Sgt. Pete Simpson said that none of the victims of the light saber attack needed medical attention.

The light saber has carved out quite a place in American popular culture. The infamous "Star Wars kid," was one of the Internet's first memes and even President Obama flashed a toy light saber on the White House lawn.

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