Ninja with sword assaulted U.S. Army special operations unit in California: NPR


The sword used in an assault by a man disguised as a ninja can be seen here.

Kern County Sheriff’s Office

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Kern County Sheriff’s Office

The sword used in an assault by a man disguised as a ninja can be seen here.

Kern County Sheriff’s Office

It seems unlikely, but it did happen: A man “wearing full ninja gear” attacked members of a US Army special operations unit in the middle of the night in the California desert, sparking a rush for safety and resulting in at least two injuries, according to police and other records.

The incident occurred shortly after 1 a.m. on September 18, when authorities in Ridgecrest, Calif., Learned that a sword-wielding man dressed as a ninja on the loose at Inyokern Airport in County from Kern, north of Los Angeles.

Kern County Sheriff’s Deputies Discover “Suspect Assaulted Victim At Scene With A Sword And Thrown A Stone Through A Shed Window, Hitting Another Victim In The Head,” The Sheriff’s Office Says . said friday.

The attack happened without any warning

The victims are members of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR), according to the Stars and stripes newspaper, which specifies that the soldiers were at the airport within the framework of training exercises.

The incident report quickly gained attention after being posted on Instagram. He describes how a staff sergeant was smoking a cigarette late at night near an airport hangar when “an unknown person in full ninja gear” approached him to ask him a question.

“Do you know who I am?” the man asked. The sergeant said no. “Do you know where my family is? the man asked. When the sergeant said he didn’t know, “the person in the ninja costume started slashing him” with a katana sword, the report said, adding that the sergeant’s leg and phone were hit.

The sergeant ran, jumped over a fence, and reached a building where he joined others from his company. As he and a captain closed the doors and called 911, the assailant kicked and punched doors and windows, according to the report, which redacted the names of service members.

The Ridgecrest Police Department blotter entry of that night says a report arrived at 1:19 am of a suspect in ninja gear, with a sword, at Inyokern airport. The report cites “at least one victim”. More than 20 minutes after the first contact, according to the blotter, a call to 911 came from someone at the airport, saying that 26 special ops soldiers were “crouched in a hanger wondering where the help was” .

The ninja did not obey the orders of the deputies

Police located the ninja suspect on a nearby road. But the man “refused to follow orders and wielded the sword against the deputies,” the sheriff’s office said. Projectile shells were used, “but were ineffective,” he added. Instead, the man ran. When the deputies tasered him, he dropped the sword and the deputies were able to stop him. He has been identified as 35-year-old Gino Rivera.

Rivera was arrested “for attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, brandishing a weapon, brandishing a weapon with the intention of resisting or preventing an arrest”, as well as vandalism and obstruction. or delaying a peace officer in performing his duties, the sheriff’s office said.

The sergeant and the captain both needed stitches for their injuries but were allowed to return to duty, the incident report said.

The missions of the 160th SOAR include the use of helicopters to insert teams of Navy SEALs and other special operators. It trains for night missions, as some of its operations take place in the dark or in the early morning hours. Inyokern’s soldiers are attached to the Regiment’s Second Battalion, which uses Chinook and Black Hawk assault helicopters as well as Gray Eagle drones. The battalion is based at Fort Campbell, Ky.


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