Police: Two brothers go at it over samurai sword
Updated, 2:30 p.m.:
Justin Mulcahy, an Anne Arundel County police spokesman, provided a broad outline of events that might have led to the fight:
"The suspects were having a dispute over family matters and it was determined that they had consumed alcohol that day," he said in en e-mail.
An argument between two brothers in Glen Burnie on Tuesday ended in lacerations to both men after one of them grabbed a samurai sword and they fought over it, according to Anne Arundel County police.
One of the brothers was taken to a hospital for what a police spokesman described as minor injuries. The other also was cut but refused treatment at the scene.
Exactly what precipitated the sword scrap remained unclear. Police were first called to the home at 1:45 p.m. for a report of two people fighting. Officers soon learned the pair "had been arguing throughout the day," Justin Mulcahy, a police spokesman, said.
The brothers -- Stephen Bandtholtz Jr. 47, and John Bandtholtz, 46, both of 206 Crain Court, Glen Burnie -- were charged with first degree assault, second degree assault, reckless endangerment and disturbing the peace, police said. The last charges relates to noises and commotion heard by neighbors, police said.
Samurai Swords can be deadly, as shown in an earlier incident in Baltimore.
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