Police arrest domestic violence suspect with samurai sword

Published: Aug. 30, 2016 at 1:29 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 30, 2016 at 1:31 PM EDT
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ALLIANCE, OH (WOIO) - Alliance police arrested a suspect on Monday night who they say threatened his girlfriend with a samurai sword.

An officer responded after seeing John Smith, 53, in a vehicle reversing toward an upset woman walking down the street. When the officer went to pull over the vehicle, Smith jumped out and ran. He was arrested after a short foot chase. The sword was found in the back seat of his car.

The woman, Smith's live-in girlfriend, told police that they were at home when Smith choked her, punched her and threatened her with the sword. She was running down the street when the officer saw her.

Smith is charged with felonious assault and obstructing official business.

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