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Anoka Man Charged for Attacking Coon Rapids Teen with Samurai Sword

Updated: 08/28/2014 11:23 AM
Created: 08/27/2014 2:28 PM KSTP.com
By: McKenzie Gernes

A classic high school prank went terribly wrong just after midnight Monday in Anoka.

Police say a group of friends went to go throw toilet paper in trees as a prank when the owner of the house came out with a samurai sword around 12:25 a.m. Tuesday.

Twenty-four-year-old Nicholas Lee Curtis told police that he witnessed a car full of kids moving around outside of his home and he “felt threatened.”

Curtis told police he grabbed a large samurai sword, ran outside, smashed the window of the vehicle and began stabbing through it. Curtis believed he had stabbed an individual in the vehicle.

When police questioned the victim, a 17-year-old Coon Rapids boy, he told police they had thrown one roll of toilet paper when Curtis began pursuing them with his sword, chasing them back into their car. At that point, the victim, who hasn't been identified, said they “got the hell out of there.”

The teen was brought to the hospital where the emergency room doctor told police he was going into surgery because of possible internal bleeding.

The doctor said the victim may have had a collapsed lung and lacerated liver. The anesthesiologist said they needed to make a fairly large incision down the center of the teen's chest and abdomen to check for internal bleeding.

Police photographed his injuries after the surgery. He had a large gash to the outer right hand; a 4 to 5 inch gash on the right forearm; a puncture wound to his right side near the middle of his ribs; a puncture wound to his lower back just above the right buttock; a puncture wound in the center of his mid-back.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Anoka County, Curtis has been charged with first-degree assault and second-degree assault.

The charges could mean up to 20 years in prison and/or a $30,000 fine, if convicted.

Curtis' bail has been set at $500,000 without conditions and $250,000 with conditions. His next court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 24.

Twenty-four-year-old Nicholas Lee Curtis
Photo: Anoka County

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