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Man arrested after allegedly pulling samurai sword on deputy

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Kanawha County man was arrested late Tuesday after allegedly pulling a samurai sword on a Kanawha County sheriff's deputy.

Capt. J.S. Bailes was patrolling Raven Drive in Rand about 10 p.m. Tuesday when he saw a man walking along the road, according to Kanawha County Sheriff's Department spokesman Cpl. Brian Humphreys.

The man, later identified as Chaten Samuel Nelson, 35, of Rand, allegedly put his hand on the handle of a sword he had strapped to his back, Humphreys said. When Bailes stopped, Nelson allegedly drew a four-foot samurai sword and started walking toward the deputy, Humphreys said.

Bailes then pulled his pistol and ordered Nelson several times to drop the sword, Humphreys said. He said Nelson eventually put the sword down and was arrested.

Humphreys said Nelson appeared to be under the influence of drugs at the time of his arrest. Bailes searched him and allegedly found another knife, a straight razor and prescription pills.

Nelson was charged with brandishing a deadly weapon and simple possession, both misdemeanors. He was free on bond Wednesday.Reach Rusty Marks at rustymarks@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.


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