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Sword-Wielding Man Arrested after Traffic Accident

July 26, 1987

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (AP) _ A man who caused a chain-reaction car wreck burst from his vehicle and used a 34-inch sword to hold off seven armed police officers, authorities said.

″The guy apparently thought he was Conan the Barbarian,″ said Schaumburg Police Sgt. Terry McGraw, describing the arrest Saturday of Phillip Schlosser, 26, in this Chicago suburb.

″You’ve got to understand that if a ‘barbarian’ with a sword goes against a whole bunch of guys with guns, he’s going to lose,″ McGraw said.

Police said Schlosser caused a chain-reaction accident when his car rear- ended a Jeep that then crashed into the side of another car. They said Schlosser drove away from the scene of the accident, but returned a few minutes later.

Officers chased Schlosser to the parking lot of Schaumburg High School, where his car struck a parked school bus. They said he then ran out of his car waving the sword.

″It looked like something a Marine would have with his dress uniform,″ said Sgt. Patrick Hamill.

Hamill said police drew their guns and formed a semicircle around Schlosser and waited for him to surrender.

Hamill said he fired a warning shot in the air and then aimed at Schlosser.

Schlosser said, ″Go ahead and shoot me,″ and began laughing.

Schlosser was arrested after an officer crept up behind him and smacked him on the head with a nightsick.

He was charged with seven counts of assault, one count of battery, and one count apiece of resisting arrest, driving under the influence of alcohol and leaving the scene of an accident.