Ind. State Police Nab I-65 ‘Samurai’

UPDATED 09/06/11 10:14 a.m.

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (CBS) – Call it the showdown with the samurai.

Indiana State Police say they encountered a shirtless man wielding a 35-inch-long samurai sword on the inner shoulder of Interstate 65 on Sunday afternoon near U.S. Highway 30. Police say farther north, a Toyota had been abandoned in the middle lane of southbound I-65 at 61st Avenue.

The swordsman, who wore plaid knee-length shorts, was marching “like a drum major, holding the sword, moving it up and down in rhythm with his marching cadence,” the state police said in a news release.

When a state trooper approached him, the man swung the sword “in a defensive manner,” police said.

The swordsman, dressed only in plaid shorts and slip-on shoes, then tried to gain entrance to a 2010 Chevrolet sport-utility vehicle that was pulled over on the expressway to avoid a responding Merrillville police car, state police told the Sun-Times Media wire.

Finally, the suspect was handcuffed by Merrillville police, who ordered him to the ground at gunpoint.

At the Lake County, Ind. jail, the offender, Byron Andre Womack, 43, of Cicero, announced that he was “Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs,” state police said.

He was charged with attempted carjacking, resisting law enforcement and possession of marijuana.

Authorities say Womack gave several different names before his identity was verified.

  • Eddie Murphy Jr.

    what a dope addict

    • jim jjj

      bath salts

  • Mos

    narcotics!!!!!!! gotta love em it can have you saying “I did what?”

    • ok

      . . . another Obama relative?

  • General Mills

    Jim Belushi after an especially big bowl of breakfast?

    • Elmo/Anechoic Room

      I’m guessing the “Twinkie defense”?

  • Bill S.


    • Brian

      My dad is a retired FBI agent and I can tell you if there is tin foil hat division,you have a file there.

      • Brian

        My comment before was @ J

  • bubba60609

    Has anyone seen Joe Biden?

    • Mel Dodson

      Love it!! LOL

    • Jeff Wright

      LOL. awesome!!

    • JT

      May be anther Obama relative, Huh

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  • Derek C.

    There can be only one.

    • David Powell

      Hell yeah! Word up!

    • Duncan MacLoed


  • Sam E Moore Jr

    let’s call it like it is …… This is radical Big Govt and Unionized Socialism vs Capitalism .
    6 Major Trade Union Leaders call themselves Socialist .

  • Big Byrd

    • rick robinson

      He jus liked the little kidz..

  • Fanny Forbes Franklen

    Come on folks … that’s just the traditional I65 Labor Day Parade.


  • Jack

    Asked if he wanted to call an attorney, he simply replied, “I think I will call the White House.”

    • Elmo/Anechoic Room

      Ding ding ding … we have a winner!

  • sticks

    gee, he sounds like a good GOP presidential candidate

    • Rick Klages

      I was thinking look another Democrat!

      • Scudbuster

        With at least two votes there too!

    • Retired SOF guy

      Well, he at least appears as grounded in reality as the current POTUS, and probably has a better economic plan.

  • jack

    haha, what a lame description.

  • Paul Battis

    Where’s Smedly (Captain Crushes pet elephant) when you need him.

  • Paul Battis

    I meant Captain Crunch. . . .so much for that laugh.

  • Bill

    Sounds like Chuckie Schumer Demonratic senator New York.

  • kimdi01

    Probably just a union lemming follower of Trumpka, Hoffa and Obama taking it to the Republicans and the Tea Party members.

  • Jack

    Sounds like ‘Hiro’ just wisked himself out of a dangerous situation to Indiana. lol

    • jhoger

      No, Trek…

  • RBR

    Well, at least they managed to nab this clown before he came to San Francisco and became a blight like other brethren from hick towns before him.

    • George

      He would blend in and not even get noticed in SF.

      • smoooooch!!!


  • No1Uknow

    Yes, but was he raising his knees up high when marching…that’s the key to marching like a drum major. Hopfully he practiced before his performance so that he didn’t look insane.

  • Reneck Moronette

    I wonder of he drives a Volvo and wears white socks with sandals?

    • Alvar

      Hey Morenette they said what he drove and what he had on his feet in the article….lame joke!

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  • RickJames

    Cocaine is a helluva drug.

    • Alvar

      He had Pot on him…moronic comment

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  • Leftist Stooge

    He was looking to kill because he hates black people.

    I bet he is with the t-party.

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