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Bizarre crimes from Charlotte police files (Aug. 9) 

Assault with a deadly sword

En guard!: Police responded to an assault call on South Tryon Street last week after a couple was challenged to a duel by the owner of a Western Union. The 35-year-old man and 37-year-old woman walked into the store to resolve a matter regarding a cell phone that the business owner had sold them. The owner became upset and pulled out a sword from under the counter. He began banging it on the table, and one victim asked, "Are you pulling a weapon on me?" In response, the suspect pulled a gun out from under the same counter, cocked it and pointed it at the couple. The victims said they left the store to call police because their phone wasn't working. Perhaps there were other reasons to leave?

Jack the Stripper: A 38-year-old woman filed a police report last week after a man continuously harassed her and her boyfriend. The woman told officers that the man had blamed her and some co-workers for the money he lost in the strip club they work for. The man called her boyfriend and threatened to put the woman in a wheelchair. When he showed up at the couple's house the next day with a gun, they called the police.

Wrecking Crew: Employees at an Airport Express gas station on Wilkinson Boulevard arrived at work one morning last week to find a huge hole in their wall and some items missing. Overnight, some unknown suspects had entered the open bathroom that is connected to the building. From inside the bathroom, they tore down the wall leading to the store. The men made off with a jug of change meant for charity and 35 cartons of Newport cigarettes. For anyone keeping count, that's 700 packs of cigarettes.

No jerks in the champagne room: Police responded to a disturbance call at Scorpio's nightclub last week after an employee was assaulted by a patron. The employee told officers that he was clearing some drinks off a table at about 2:45 a.m. when a drunk man approached him and asked why he had removed his beverage. One of the man's friends then came from beside the employee and punched him in the face. The victim said other employees dragged the man out "before he could retaliate."

Threats of the Week: A 23-year-old woman filed a report after receiving a threatening riddle from an ex-boyfriend. The man called her and said, "Seven days. Do you know the importance of seven days? You'll be dead."

Blotter items are chosen from the files of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

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