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Indiana police nab shirtless ‘samurai’ marching down I-65

Updated: November 5, 2011 2:40PM

A not-so-stealthy “samurai” who told police he was “cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs” is in jail after allegedly abandoning a vehicle on the middle of a busy Indiana interstate to march shirtless with a 35-inch sword.

Indiana State Police Trooper Ricky Rayner found a white, older-model Toyota abandoned in the middle lane of Interstate 65 and a shirtless man marching on the inner shoulder with a 35-inch samurai sword about 2:30 p.m. just south of U.S. Highway 30, according to a release from Indiana State Police.

“The man was marching like a drum major, holding the sword, moving it up and down in rhythm with his marching cadence,” State Police said.

When Rayner approached, the man swung the sword in a defensive manner but then dropped the sword in compliance with the trooper’s order, the release said.

The man -- dressed only in plaid shorts and slip on shoes -- then tried to force his way into a 2010 Chevrolet sport-utility vehicle that swerved and stopped on the inner shoulder to avoid a responding Merrillville police vehicle responding to the incident, State Police said.

A Merrillville police officer finally ordered him to the ground at gunpoint and handcuffed him, the release said. He was taken to the Lake County (Ind.) jail, where he told police he was “cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.”

The man, who appeared to be in his 40s but refused to give police his name, was charged with attempted car jacking, resisting law enforcement and possession of marijuana, State Police said.

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