A crop of what will undoubtedly be some of my favorite stories of the entire month all seemed to occur on the very first day of 2013. I can only assume this bodes well for the rest of the year.
- In the early morning hours of Jan. 1, a teen was arrested on suspicion of burglary. Police say a woman saw him fleeing from her bathroom window. The best part, however, is what he was found with: several pairs of her underwear along with pairs belonging to another woman/women.
Samurai swords: the new weapon of choice?
- A Santa Cruz woman told police she woke early Tuesday to see a man standing over her. Her boyfriend chased after him, using a samurai sword and a flare to scare him off. Yes, you read that right. My colleague Stephen Baxter was unable to determine why the woman had a flare in her nightstand drawer. The suspect was later arrested when he returned to the woman’s home and urinated on the door.
- Further north, San Jose police were confronted by a naked man wielding a samurai sword on New Year’s Day. Officers were involved in a three-hour standoff with the suspect, the wonderfully named Coco Bennett, who also apparently had an assault rifle in his car. The incident ended peacefully, fortunately.
- In nearby Prunedale, an 85-year-old man is accused of shooting his neighbor and his neighbor’s goat with a shotgun. Both the goat and the neighbor are expected to survive their injuries. This also occured New Year’s Day.