- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) - Authorities in Pike County said a man was injured Tuesday when a neighbor attacked him with a sword.

Sheriff’s deputies told The Enterprise-Journal (https://bit.ly/1tXJrSq) they were called to a disturbance on Morgantown Road just east of McComb at about 1:35 a.m.

Chief Investigator Lance Falvey said 39-year-old Dennis Bell was severely injured with multiple cuts to the upper portion of his body. He was taken to Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center. His condition was unavailable.

Deputies arrested 34-year-old Larry Williams Jr. and booked him with aggravated assault.

Falvey said Bell and his roommate, Kendrick Pittman, were in their front yard when they began arguing with Williams.

Williams allegedly retrieved a decorative Samurai sword and attacked both men, cutting Pittman on the wrist and more seriously injuring Bell. Falvey said Pittman’s injuries were less severe and he was treated at the scene.

The reason for the alleged attack remains unclear, but Falvey said alcohol was a factor.

Investigators seized the sword. Falvey said it was bent in the attack, an indication it was ornamental and not intended to be a weapon.

“Were the instrument of more substantial quality, we would probably be looking at a more severe crime,” Falvey said.

Williams was booked at the Pike County jail.

It was not immediately clear whether he has an attorney.

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Information from: Enterprise-Journal, https://www.enterprise-journal.com

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