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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.

Original post:

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.

-- Dan Morse

By Dan Morse  |  March 3, 2010; 12:45 PM ET
Categories:  Anne Arundel , Dan Morse  
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Ninja fail.

Posted by: j-man1 | March 3, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

From the story, the brothers live together at the same address. The question i have, does their mom live there too, and if so why didn't she stop the fight by giving them a time out?

Posted by: MarilynManson | March 3, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Potential future inductees into the Darwin Hall of Fame.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | March 3, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

"Real Brothers" coming to a theater near you.....

Posted by: ENJOYA | March 3, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Tea Party gone wrong, I take it.

Posted by: rkayblock1 | March 3, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

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