Thursday, August 22, 2013

Sword-wielding, knife-throwing man attacked mother's boyfriend over missing can of shrimp

A Samurai sword-wielding, knife-throwing Florida man attacked his mother's boyfriend over a missing can of shrimp on Saturday morning. Jayson Laughman, 34, of Deltona used a sword to break down a door and threw kitchen knives at family members after his mother's boyfriend accused him of taking a can of shrimp, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.

Laughman told deputies he didn't remember everything that happened during the fight because he "went into code red and lost his temper." Michael Airhart, 52, and Laughman had a "heated verbal argument" before agreeing to go outside and "engage in a physical fight" at the home they share at 8:30am on Saturday. Laughman threatened Airhart with a statue, but the fight outside did not escalate past that.

Thinking the fight was over, Airhart returned to his bedroom with Laughman's mother. The couple was watching television when Laughman started breaking through the bedroom door with a Samurai style metal sword. Once inside the bedroom, Laughman made threats that he would use the sword to hurt Airhart, deputies say.

The couple were able to calm Laughman down and he left the room, but returned almost immediately and started throwing two kitchen knives at Airhart. Airhart was able to escape the bedroom through a sliding-glass door without being injured. During the investigation, Laughman complained of chest pains. He was transported to Florida Fish Memorial Hospital, where deputies questioned him. Although deputies arrested Laughman and charged him with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, he remains in the hospital.

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