A couple of weird criminal stories from a few weeks ago I wanted to comment on.

In Seattle, a man who claimed to be a ninja was hurt. I’ll give you a few guesses:

A) He threw a defective ninja star, that came around like a boomerang and hit him in the forehead. B) He hit himself in the crotch with his nunchucks (I did that as a kid. Not fun). C) He threw his entire body into a kick, missing his target and landing on the ground, separating two ribs. D) He tried to karate chop a brick, but instead of breaking it, broke two fingers. E) He impaled himself on a metal fence as he tried leaping over it.

If you guessed E, you’ve just won. A severe beating for two awaits you at the Reader offices.

It’s east to have no sympathy for the Emerald City Ninja, when you realize he assaulted someone first.

The police didn’t move him, because they thought they might do more damage. I’m guessing a few probably laughed, though.

The fence Ninja boy tried to clear was over four feet tall. Police issued that one statement that doesn’t have to be uttered: alcohol was involved.

A case a little farther south and closer to home, involves the police captain that won’t be held criminally liable for shooting his 25-year-old son during an attack on his wife.

He was cleared, as it was determined he was within his rights to defend the family when he fired shots in his Fallbrook home.

What baffles me is that he was originally charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon, and that he plead guilty to one charge and was sentenced to a year in jail.

He has returned to duty, which makes me wonder how someone can plead guilty to something, and still get a job carrying a gun. Don’t get me wrong, after reading about the case, I don’t think he did anything wrong. But I thought the police were super strict about this type of thing.

I’m more puzzled with why they let their son in the house. He had struggled with schizophrenia since his teen years, and his girlfriend had called the parents saying he was acting strange and hadn’t taken his medication.

Years earlier, this kid beat his father, fracturing his eye socket, nose, and chipping a tooth. A year ago, he grabbed his sister by the neck and slammed her into a door.

With a history like that, why are you letting him inside your house?

It all reminds me of a scene from a Spike Lee movie, when Samuel Jackson returns home as a crackhead looking for money. The mom is sympathetic. The father isn’t, and ends up shooting him in the stomach.

In real life, Marvin Gaye was shot by his father, after moving back home and being paid several visits from drug dealers.

Those cases involved drug addiction. But no matter what it involves…if you have a kid that does crazy stuff, letting them inside your home seems like the last thing you do.

Even if in the case of Marvin Gaye, he probably bought his folks the home.


redsoxfan Nov. 30, 2009 @ 2:08 a.m.

Without knowing anything else about the case you're referring to other that what you have just written, what other choice did the parents have? Mental institution? Obviously there is no right answer, but only choices that can be made. But you're right, with the kind of violent history this person has already displayed, maybe shooting him wasn't that far fetched? I'm sympathetic to those people who are 'not all there', or having a clinical diagnosis. I'm just not sure what can be done....


psychopharm Nov. 30, 2009 @ 6 a.m.

I'm not familiar with this case in Fallbrook but recently there was a similar incident in Rancho Santa Fe. The son had just been released from the County Psychiatric Hospital and attacked his mom at her home, and dad had no choice but to kill him (not sure if he was an officer).

It is sad that these mentally ill patients fall thru the cracks. If they were a threat to others or themselves, the law requires that they be kept safe. Many of them have been thru this enough to know what not to say or admit to. Health insurance needs to improve for those with mental illness. Hospital stays and office visits tend to be limited to so many days or visits per year. I think if someone needs it (due to a tragic event, ongoing mental illness, or addiction) they should have it available.


Ponzi Nov. 30, 2009 @ 10:08 a.m.

^^ Agreed. Too bad so many people just don't get it, the brain is also an organ and it can be ill just like a kidney, liver or heart. But since it controls behavior, society chooses to see it as something else, something not worthy of treatment. Odd, a so-called civilized advanced society can't figure out that brains malfunction and need medical help as much or more than the rest of the body's organs. Yet we spend more money on making erections last longer.


RobertScorpio Nov. 30, 2009 @ 11:08 a.m.

Where I live, and anyone in Mira Mesa will atest to this, there is a homeless guy who has been pushing around a shopping basket, all over Mira Mesa, for at least fifteen to twenty years. He obviously has mental issues. I have asked the cops about him at various times in the past, and apparently they can't touch him.

So, up at the local 7/11, there he is. I had to love the irony when he pushed his cart over to a cluster of 'migrant workers' who gather at 7/11 in the morning looking for work everyday. Homeless guy pushed his cart right over to them, and just stopped in the middle of the migrant throng and just stared at them like he was from another planet. They just went on talking with each other as if he wasn't there, and then one of them asked him to move. Then started yelling at him.

This is when the cops happened to show up. I was in my car, getting ready to leave, and the cop just looked at the homeless guy being yelled at by the 'migrant', and did nothing about it. Isn't America great? An American homeless guy being yelled at by illegal migrant workers.

So, I being a guy, I had to decide, who did I want to win this battle? The "migrant" workers from the nearby canyon OR the homeless American?

Now, what does this have to do with anything? Well, as it turns out, the homeless guy's parents live somewhere in Mira Mesa. And I guess, from what a cop told me, they give 'xtra' money to the local 7/11 and AM/PM for them to leave food or drinks for him from time to time.

Its touching; but I decided that I would have sided with him over this turf battle with the illegals. I mean, he is the "home team" in that struggle, right? At least for now?

The fight ended when the homeless dude began to unrinate, and it came out of the bottom of his pants. The migrants, such great examples of humanity they are, laughed at him, and then jumped into the back of a white dude's truck when it came through 7/11's parking lot.


Josh Board Nov. 30, 2009 @ 3:13 p.m.

Ponzi, I've heard comedians make similar statements. That they can't cure cancer, but if a man is going bald or wants a longer erection, they found a cure. But obviously, they can make money with those products. And, that doesn't mean scientists aren't working on cancer and all those other things. They just haven't gotten there yet. It's probably a lot easier fixing sexual disfunction and male-pattern baldness.

Regarding mental disability people, I think everyone would have sympathy (not sure about Scorp)...but the point is, if there has been violence, you really can't risk that. And this cop in Fallbrook not only risked his families safety, but also his job! Not to mention the guilt you'd have to live with, knowing you shot your own son to death (or the resentment you might get from the wife).


rickeysays Dec. 1, 2009 @ 1:46 a.m.

When I read the ninja story originally I visualized him getting impaled through his torso. Are you saying he got impaled in a much more sensitive area? And if so, owwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!


DaniLauder Dec. 1, 2009 @ 9:28 a.m.

My daughter was swinging her baseball bat in my parent's living room and let it go and it smashed their tv last christmas. You dont have to be a ninja to do silly things. The irony was that her present that year was a TV. The circle of life I suppose.


Josh Board Dec. 1, 2009 @ 9:56 a.m.

I'm not sure how he was impaled.

Dani, as a kid, I used to always make nunchucks. I'd saw a broomstick up, sand it down. Drill holes in it, to attach the chain. Well...when the screws came lose, or if I just lost my grip, the chucks would go flying across the room and smack a wall. I realized that it could've smashed the window, or done an Elvis and hit the TV. And, my parents would've used what was left of the chucks, to beat the snot out of me.


DaniLauder Dec. 1, 2009 @ 10:03 a.m.

My dad just laughed. Easy to do I guess when you are a grandparent


RobertScorpio Dec. 1, 2009 @ 10:11 a.m.

I wasn't being a ninja. But when I was in the 8th grade, I jumped off the roof of our house, after seeing the first Superman movie, and thought I could fly. Luckily I jumped over a row of bushes and shurbery. Instead of flying like Superman, I fell like a rock like the Hulk.

As for these self-inflicted wounds? Reminds me of watching America's Funniest Videos when ever a father is showing his kid how to (fill in the blank) and he gets nailed where it counts. You have to think that has been happening for thousands of years, and yet, dads STILL don't learn.


Josh Board Dec. 1, 2009 @ 10:58 a.m.

Hmmm...I think in 8th grade, I was aware that humans couldn't fly. But who knows. Had someone given me a red cape, maybe I would've tried.

Anyone remember a movie called "Nunzio"? I saw it when I was 11, on HBO. A mentally challenged kid, who always thought he could fly like Superman. It had a wonderful ending, where he rescues a little girl from a burning building (and yes, he does jump out the window with her, thinking he's superman -- lucky for them firefighter safety nets!)

On Jimmy Kimmel last night, he ran a segment of people that "were not ninjas", and it was an entire collection of videos, where people try to do karate chops and mess up. I swear, it was the funniest 3 minutes of video ever.

At the end it said "Paid for by Ninjas."


RobertScorpio Dec. 1, 2009 @ 11:46 a.m.

Actually, I wasn't given a red-cape. I had a Green Lantern ring; it didn't work either.


Josh Board Dec. 1, 2009 @ 2:56 p.m.

I remember as a teenager, watching The World According to Garp (one of the best movies ever, by the way). And Robin Williams had his kids wearing towels like capes, and trash can lids as shields and armour. And I realized how lame my parents could be sometimes.


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