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Sword-Wielding Brooklyn Teen Charged With Taking Hostages

NEW PALTZ, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say they’ve charged a student from Brooklyn with using a samurai sword to threaten other students inside a dormitory at a Hudson Valley college.

Campus police at SUNY New Paltz tell local media outlets that Isaac Doughty went on a rampage early Tuesday morning and briefly took several students hostage before officers on foot patrol arrived.

Officials say the 18-year-old freshman from Brooklyn went into his bedroom and came out with a Japanese katana sword. Police say Doughty fought with officers before they were able to subdue him using a stun gun and pepper spray.

One officer suffered a minor head injury. Doughty was charged with kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment and assault. It couldn’t be determined if he had a lawyer. He was taken to Kingston Hospital for observation.

February 8, 2012 - 5:26pm


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