Yeah, I'd probably run away too!!

United States
April 25, 2013 8:03am CST
A Mormon bishop was awoken early one morning because his female neighbor was being attacked by a stalker. The stalker had hidden behind her carport and when she exited her home he attacked her and took her keys and was trying to let himself into her house. The woman yelled for help alerting other neighbors. So the Mormon bishop came running with the closest weapon he could grab, a samurai sword! The attacker quickly took off running, but turned himself into the police only an hour later! The Mormon bishop is also a martial arts instructor and has been practicing martial arts for over 30 years.. but this is the first time he's ever drawn a sword on anyone. He's now considered a hero for helping his neighbor! Read the full story here: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/24/17894778-mormon-bishop-with-samurai-sword-saves-neighbor-from-attack?lite Have you ever been attacked or fought off an attacker?
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@cynthiann (18602)
• Jamaica
25 Apr 13
I would have been close on your heels as I know I would have got the adrenalin from somewhere. I just love to hear stories like this and yes, he is a hero. No, I have never been attacked or fought off an attacker. But I should have fought off an attacker when one was in our house on the farm many years ago. My daughter was about 4 years old and to cut a long story short, my husband lay down for a nap and she fell asleep on the sofa near me. Whilst I went to wake my husband up at his request so that he could hear the evening news, the man jumped through the roof (had removed piece when we were out) and went into her bedroom and hid under her bed. Now we had a puppy and the puppy started to bark and my husband said that the puppy was in R's room so he would get him out and then we could put her down to sleep. I'm trying to be brief, I really am So he goes into her bedroom and sees her little bed move. He flings over the bed and starts to fight the thief. He yells out to me to get help. Well I am ashamed to tell you that I lost my presence of mind. I ws very calm and said that I would come and help him as soon as I found my slippers. Today - I can still see myself on the carpet patting around looking to locate my slippers. Then I heard my husband curse some dreadful words and he never cursed. So I burst into tears and asked if he had lost respect for me as he had never cursed before? Anyway, he could not hold onto the man as the man had oiled his body in preparation and was dressed only in shorts. So the thief ran through to the litchen and leapt over the sink and through glass louvres into the gully below. About a 30 foot drop. Workers on the farm came running with machetes and the police Inspector came and statements had to be taken and my daughter was scared too. What were you doing when Mr. S ------ was fighting the thief, Mrs S------ ? asked the Inspector. Well, Inspector, I planned to assist him but was on the floor, looking for my slippers, I replied...
• United States
25 Apr 13
Wow! Did they ever catch the guy? I can't believe you went looking for slippers! You're so funny!
@cynthiann (18602)
• Jamaica
25 Apr 13
GFor one year she held onto my pants/dress/skirtand would not leave me alone. The Dr. said to leave her and she slept in our bed with us. I would be on the toilet and she would be touching me just standing there beside me. If I was bathing she would put her hand around the shower curtain to touch me. Actually, when she stopped - after he was caught- I sort of missed it. I was her security blanket I suppose.
• United States
25 Apr 13
Aww, the poor girl! That is sort of sweet though.
@GreenMoo (11834)
25 Apr 13
I love how articles like this focus on what the guy did for a living (being a mormon bishop). I mean, how is that significant? The guy was acting in his capacity as good neighbour and good Samaritan, not as Bishop.
• United States
25 Apr 13
Very true. Probably wouldn't have been half as interesting of an article if the guy did something else for a living, like truck driver or factory worker or something.
@cynthiann (18602)
• Jamaica
25 Apr 13
In all fairness, I think that it added or provided more interest as Priests, Bishops, Pastors etc are usually more restrained and not martial arts experts. Pacifist is the word I was looking for - so it caught interest as it was almost contradictable. Definitely a headline catcher and you are right it would not be so interesting of he were a truck driver
@GardenGerty (157494)
• United States
25 Apr 13
I have never been attacked or fought off an attacker. Not sure if helping a neighbor is really heroic as people used to do it all the time. I am glad he was her neighbor though and did help her out. You too often hear of people who do not want to be involved.
• United States
25 Apr 13
Yes, it does happen more often than we hear about.. I think this was only newsworthy because of the weapon he chose!
@jillhill (37354)
• United States
25 Apr 13
No thank God! But I bet he did put the fear of God in the attacker!
• United States
26 Apr 13
Haha! Yeah, he probably did!
@bounce58 (17387)
• Canada
27 Apr 13
I've never been, and hopefully I never have to (knock on wood). My son who does taekwondo and is grading for his 2nd degree black belt has actually drawn up scenarios with attackers. He did that when he graded for his first degree. He and his partner alternated turns pretending to be attackers, and the other would do a self defense reaction. Although it was a bit funny when they did it during the test, I'm glad to know that it is there just in case they need it.
• United States
28 Apr 13
That's great! You know I've never taken a self defense class.. I've seen them and such and know to go for either the groin or the nose.. but I think everyone should take self defense classes as they would come in handy during an attack! Better safe than sorry.
@dagami (1158)
• Rome, Italy
25 Apr 13
i'd love to have him as a neighbor. i have never been in a similar situation and i hope i never will but who knows? crimes happen everywhere at anytime these days. having a neigbor as helpful as this bishop will surely make me feel more secure.
• United States
26 Apr 13
Yeah, me too!
@Raine38 (12257)
• United States
25 Apr 13
Yikes, a samurai! I sure wouldn't want to be on the wrong side of someone wielding a samurai. But then, I don't think anybody will have any reason to draw it against me other than if they have some malevolent or ulterior motives on me. So far, I never have to fend off any attacks on my person and I hope and pray that I will never get to experience that.
• United States
25 Apr 13
Same here!