Ninja Attack

Man Dressed as Ninja Attacks Army Special Ops Soldiers With Katana Sword

byVictor Tangermann
Oct 4

Here's what happens when you bring a katana to a gun fight.

Street Ninja

Ever wondered what would happen if you brought a literal katana to a potential gun fight?

Last month, a man dressed in “full ninja garb” attacked a US Army special operations unit in the middle of the California desert, resulting in two injuries, according to a Facebook post by the local Kern County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies “discovered the suspect had assaulted a victim at the scene with a sword, and thrown a rock through a hangar window, hitting an additional victim in the head,” according to the update — a bleak real-world twist on the “Snow Crash” formula.

Sword Art

The suspect, identified as 35-year-old Gino Rivera, reportedly fought through non-lethal projectiles being shot at him and tried to flee the scene.


“Do you know who I am?” the ninja reportedly asked, according to documents obtained by Stars and Stripes. A soldier replied no. “Do you know where my family is?” the ninja asked, prompting another no.

A taser later forced Rivera to drop the sword, allowing deputies to take him into custody.

He’s now facing a host of charges including “attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, brandishing a weapon, brandishing a weapon with the intent to resist or prevent an arrest, vandalism, and obstruct/delay a peace officer,” according to the update.

So there you go, folks. Just in case you were wondering why not to attack special operatives with a katana, here’s a fresh argument against it.


READ MORE: A ninja with a sword assailed a U.S. Army special operations unit in California [NPR]

More on sword fighting: YouTuber Uses Exoskeleton to Wield Gigantic Anime Sword

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