Benjamin Moore allegedly brandished a "ninja sword" and baseball bat before cops took him down.
Benjamin Moore allegedly brandished a "ninja sword" and baseball bat before cops took him down.
via Monroe County Sheriff's Office

Key West Cops Taser Man Armed With Ninja Sword and Baseball Bat

Say what you will about our friends in the Conch Republic -- life is never boring on Duval Street. Just ask the Key West beat cops, who spent their Sunday night chasing and tasering a local man armed with a ninja sword and a baseball bat outside the VFW hall.

Benjamin Moore, a 45-year-old Key Wester, is accused of throwing a chair at police officers, running away, and then going home to fetch his finest katana blade and Rawlings lumber, all so he could "break the legs" of a man who stole $160 from him.


The Key West Citizen reports the trouble began around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, when police found Moore outside the VFW hall, bleeding and complaining he'd been robbed. When the cops tried to calm him down, the Citizen reports, Moore charged back inside, grabbed a chair, threw it at the cops, and was promptly tasered.

A melee broke out as the cops tried to arrest Moore, but his relatives eventually restored calm and persuaded police to let them take him to a hospital for treatment. Alas, he jumped out of the car a few blocks away, police say.

A few minutes later, the cops spotted Moore walking back toward the VFW, armed with a "ninja sword" and a baseball bat. He dropped the weapons "without incident" and was arrested.

Moore faces two felony charges of using a weapon while evading arrest, and a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct. And he never did get that $160 back.

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