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Man Accused of Threatening to Kill Stepfather With Sword

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DYERSVILLE, Iowa - A Dyersville man is accused of disorderly conduct, public intoxication and harassment after police say he threatened to kill his stepfather with a ninja sword early Monday morning.

A complaint from the Dyersville police department said Brian Arens, 36, called his stepfather and threatened to kill him with a ninja sword with the intention of intimidating him just after 5 a.m. Shortly after an officer was dispatched to Arens' home, 317 1st Ave W, to conduct a welfare check, a concerned neighbor called police to report that Arens was swinging a ninja sword around in the backyard, dressed in camouflage, and yelling to people who were not there, the report said.

The caller said Arens was yelling for someone to come out of the storage shed, threatening to kill the person if they didn't appear, according to the complaint.

When the responding officer arrived at the home, the report said he announced his presence and asked Arens to identify himself with no response. Once the officer reached the backyard, the report said he was able to hear loud music and it appeared as though Arens had placed dark sheets over the windows of the home.

When the officer called for Arens from the backyard, the complaint said he came out of the house dressed in full camouflage and a face mask, reaching for what the officer believed to be the ninja sword. The report said the officer then feared for his safety, and drew his gun, telling Arens to show his hands and get down on the ground. Arens eventually put the sword down, and told the officer he did not have any other weapons, the complaint said. The officer also said he was able to smell alcohol coming from Arens from five feet away shortly after the incident.

Arens was arrested when Dubuque County deputies arrived on scene, at which point they located a knife in the pocket of his jacket.