Man chased neighbor with samurai sword, police say

Published: Sunday, January 6, 2013 at 5:11 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 6, 2013 at 5:11 p.m.

An argument between neighbors escalated Saturday night when one of the men chased the other with a samurai sword, according to a police report.

Gainesville police managed to subdue the man but not before he charged police officers with a mop, struck a K9 dog with the tool, and was hit with tasers multiple times.

GPD gave this account: Robert Chesser, 47, of Gainesville was arguing with another man around 10 p.m. when he went into his home in the 600 block of SW 11th Place and came out with a three-foot-long sword. He pulled it from its sheath and started swinging it, chasing the man into his home.

When police arrived, Chesser ignored orders to stop and went into his home where, his wife told police, he had numerous swords and other weapons.

Police went in and Chesser charged at them with a commercial-style mop, striking a police dog in the head with the handle.

Chesser slammed officers into the kitchen walls as he was being handcuffed and was tased two times by multiple officers.

Chesser tried to break of the police car on the way to the Alachua County jail, where he was being held on charges of aggravated assault, two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with and without violence, and striking a police animal.

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