Teen scares off alleged burglars with samurai sword

By Kay Johnson - bio l email

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Three teens have been arrested after police say they tried to break into a home off Stillwell Oaks Circle.

Jesse Endsley was at home at the time and used a samurai sword to scare off the would-be burglars.

Police charged 19-year-old Jarod Pearson, 18-year-old Keith Byers and 16-year-old Christopher Henry with attempted breaking and entering and conspiracy.

Endsley says he was asleep when he heard a knock on the front door. He looked out the window and saw one of the men on the porch. Endsley says when he didn't open the door, the man motioned to two others to go around back.

"I kinda had a bad feeling because three guys, dressed in jumpsuits going back there isn't for something good," Endsley said.

Endsley says he ran upstairs and grabbed a samurai sword he bought at a convention earlier this year.

"I was lucky to get his because it came in handy later down the line…it never crossed my mind that I would have to swing it on somebody or try to swing it on somebody," Endsley said.

When Endsley made it back downstairs, he said the men were trying to break down the back door. That's when he went after the trio, chased them down the street swinging the sword.

"At the time when I first thought about it, I was scared but when I went outside with the sword the fear left my body and it was like just get 'em," Endsley said.

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