In a bizarre incident, a man clad in black and dressed as a ninja attacked a group of special forces operators at an airport. The man was arrested after slashing two soldiers with a sword.
The story sounds almost too far-fetched to be real, but sadly it did occur. Apparently, a man dressed as a ninja, and armed with a sword attacked a group of Army special forces operators who were training at the Inyokern Airport in California’s Mohave Desert.
According to a Stripes report, on September 18th, 35-year old Gino Rivera allegedly unleashed a violent attack on members of F Co., 2nd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment who were training at the Inyokern Airport. Rivera initially accosted one member of the group who was outside having a cigarette where he slashed the victim’s leg with a sword before throwing a rock (later confirmed to be a piece of asphalt) through a window hitting another victim in the head.
After responding to the 9-1-1 call the Ridgecrest Police Department shared images from the account on their Twitter feed.
According to Stripes, when deputies responded to the scene, Rivera refused to follow police instructions requiring the use of non-lethal rounds which initially proved ineffective. Eventually “control holds” were used to subdue Rivera who was promptly arrested on charges of attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, and a few other charges.
The two servicemembers were taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening wounds are expected to make a full recovery. Rivera was booked with a $125,000 bond with an initial court hearing on October 25th.