Police: Ohio Man Threatens to Cut Off Girlfriend's Head with a Samurai Sword

by

comment
John Smith - COURTESY STARK CO. JAIL
  • Courtesy Stark Co. Jail
  • John Smith
A man has been charged with felonious assault, resisting arrest and obstructing official business after police say he attacked his live-in girlfriend with a samurai sword, according to WOIO and the Canton Repository.

John Smith, 53, was spotted in a car reversing toward a woman walking down the street near Bonnieview Avenue in Alliance Monday evening when police attempted to make a traffic stop. He jumped out of the car and led police on a short chase, but was arrested shortly thereafter. 



The litany of charges stem from his threats to his girlfriend. Smith allegedly held the sword to her neck, threatened to chop her head off, choked her, and tore at her dress, apparently in an attempt to grab her cell phone.

The woman was leaving their home after the violence and threats when police caught up with the pair. The sword was found in the backseat of Smith's car.



Smith's first appearance in front of a judge in pending; he's being held on $102,500 bond.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.