‘Ninja’ Robbers Wreak Havoc in Pittsburgh

Sunday, 01 May 2011 10:22 AM

By Martin Gould

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Pittsburgh, known for its bridges, its steelworking history, and its record-breaking football team, now has a new claim to fame — its ninjas. The city’s suburbs have been victimized by a spate of bizarre crimes being credited to followers either of the ancient Japanese warriors or the 20th century New York turtles.

"It's shocking. Things like that just don't happen out here,” bar owner Rick Lekki said after he witnessed two sword-wielding ninjas rob a gas station in Richland Township. “I just can’t believe it happened.

The most recent attack came in the suburb of South Union Township, when a ninja smashed 11 cars and tried to stab a man, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

“I know this isn’t a laughing matter, but how many people get attacked by a ninja?” said Santino Guzzo, 29, who tried to chase the ninja down. "He was like a gazelle that just got attacked by a lion. He got up and fell, and got up and fell. Then he jumped off a cliff."

In March, a 28-year-old man was charged with child endangerment after leaving his 4-year-old son alone as he went for a jog — dressed as a ninja. The man, from Scottsdale, Pa., 50 miles south east of Pittsburgh, was also charged with making terrorist threats after allegedly threatening his 8½-month pregnant former girlfriend.

“He told her he was going to cut her throat and kill everyone in the family. It was just too much," said Justin Jellots, who called police. “After I heard about that thing about him wandering the streets dressed up like a ninja, it's something you really have to take seriously.”

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