Ronald Pearson, 51 year old Brooklyn resident, snapped around 2am on Saturday. He decided to take his episode to one of the biggest corners of the world, Times Square.
Pearson ran around midtown swinging a 3-foot long sword. According to the authorities, he nearly slashed a police officer as they were trying to get him into custody.
This all went down at approximately 2am around 42nd street and seventh avenue.
Pearson’s little medieval style escapade is causing him to face charges of menacing, criminal possession of a weapon as well as reckless endangerment.
It was thanks to the swift response of officers than no one was hurt, but one of them was nearly slashed in the process. Once taken into custody, Pearson was found to be carrying a second sword. Police have not released the reason behind Pearson’s episode and one can only speculate what prompted him on his late night sword-wielding excursions.
Pearson is not a regular run of the mill man. He is a career criminal with a lengthy rap sheet that includes prior weapon charges.
MIDTOWN, Manhattan — A man swinging a 3-foot-long sword in Times Square nearly slashed a police officer as he was taken into custody, authorities said. Ronald Pearson, 51, of Brooklyn, was arrested just before 2 a.m. Saturday near West 42nd Street and Seventh Avenue, police said. He faces a charge of menacing, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment. Pearson allegedly pulled out a yard-long sword and began swinging it in the middle of busy Times Square. Officers took action swiftly, saying Pearson nearly slashed one of them. No one was hurt. When police took Pearson into custody, they found he was carrying a secon sword, officials said. Police said the suspect is a career criminal with a lengthy rap sheet, including prior weapons charges. Police did not say what prompted Pearson to wield his sword overnight.