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Sword-wielding 'ninjas' launch crime wave on Pittsburgh - 27th Apr 2011

One man in Pittsburgh caught dressed as a ninja claimed he was 'just out for a jog'

U.S. police are investigating a mysterious crime wave in Pittsburgh of offences carried out by ninjas.

The spate of crimes continued after a sword-wielding ninja smashed 11 cars in the city before attempted to stab a man who confronted him, according to police.

Residents in the South Union Township area of the city said they heard glass breaking and found a ninja hiding in a yard.

The unknown ninja offender then cut one man in the hand as he made his escape.

Santino Guzzo, who was injured in the attack, told the Pittsburgh Trib: 'He was like a gazelle that just got attacked by a lion.

'He got up and fell, and got up and fell. Then he jumped off a cliff.'

Mr Guzzo added that he 'will not live in fear of the ninja's return', as the assailant 'did not move with the grace typically associated with a ninja'.

Another resident who saw the incident said the 'ninja' figure left behind liquor at the scene.

Last month, a man in Scottdale, near Pittsburgh, was charged with child endangerment after wandering streets near his home dressed as a ninja while his child was home alone.

Police insist that Ross Hurst, 28, was dressed in ninja garb when approached. Hurst denies being a ninja and says it was all a misunderstanding.

He was found dressed all in black by police at 1.30am but claimed his mother was watching the child.

Mr Hurst told WPXI News: 'I was playing ninja. I wasn't playing anything. I went out for a jog.'

Two sword-wielding ninjas had previously robbed a gas station in Richland Township, near Pittsburgh, taking cash, cigarettes and lottery tickets.

Local police chief Robert Amman said: 'It did appear they were dressed like ninjas.' Read More