Teen's prank ends in samurai sword stabbing, police say

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Nicholas Lee Curtis

It was the classic high school prank: two boys in Anoka, Minnesota, playing around with a few rolls of toilet paper, covering a friend's house, lawn, and trees with the stuff. Little did they know, Nicholas Lee Curtis was watching. And he had a sword.

Curtis wasn't in the house that the teenagers were pranking. But he lived with his mother a few doors down. One of the pranksters parked his car only a few feet away, and that was enough.

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According to the criminal complaint, what happened next was sudden and gruesome. Curtis saw the teens moving outside and "at one point felt threatened." So, according to the victim, Curtis grabbed a large samurai sword, rushed out of the house, and chased him and his friend into their nearby car.

But Curtis wasn't done. From there, he unleashed on the car. He used the sword to smash the glass in the passenger window, then stabbed one of the pranksters over and over again. The gashes were everywhere, the complaint says -- arms, ribs, back. It ended with the victim alive but bleeding at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids. And it ended with Curtis in Anoka County jail, facing two counts of assault.

We're still left with all sorts of questions. What angered Curtis so much about the toilet paper prank? Why did he break into the car? Why a samurai sword? We reached out to his family to try to understand what happened, but they wouldn't say anything.

Curtis's next court appearance is September 24. Maybe we'll learn more then.


Send your story tips to the author, Robbie Feinberg. Follow him on Twitter @robbiefeinberg.




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45 comments
Jeff Hoffman
Jeff Hoffman

Hey city pages, where's the equal outrage on this as you've reported on the skyway arrest?

Kyle Amundson
Kyle Amundson

I hope that guy gets covered with shit one day and nobody helps him.

Corey Topel
Corey Topel

You take the pen and ill take the sword and you can write some shit as I cut your fkn head off~Infectious Grooves

Josh Bisch
Josh Bisch

Sick of people wasting TREE'S. He took a stand for the environment.

Matthew Martin
Matthew Martin

Take all his knives away. Heck take ALL his weapons away. The guy seems like a danger to society.

Azriel Materia
Azriel Materia

guy must have been on some sort of stimulant,why would you go outside with a sword when 1-they arent messing with your house2-they are unarmed at least to the naked eye .i mean i have a sword to,but im not using it unless someones breaking in.

Matt Connell
Matt Connell

This kid obviously wasn't laughing. They probably bullied him.

thatdudetre
thatdudetre

anoka who needs to say anything else 

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Steven Hess
Steven Hess

hint do not do pranks from the 50's, it is vandalism now. loose wire on this guy. but they were vadals...do they have a record too.? Lesson here, do not do stupid shit.

Stuttering John
Stuttering John

You don't hone your ninja skills for years and then not use them when the time presents itself.

Joe Sattler
Joe Sattler

Welp, must be time for some sword control. Does anybody really need these high capacity assault swords?

Punnavith Koy
Punnavith Koy

Don't mess with a guy who owns a samurai sword...(I own 4)

SeniorCitizen
SeniorCitizen

Kids once toilet papered our house.  Turns out it was the local high school cheer leader squad pranking our son who was a star football player for the school team at the time.  What we couldn't reach to remove from the trees dissolved away in the rain and sun in about a week's time.  Nothing to it and was kind of an honor to be recognized.


In this case, this Curtis guy who lives with his mother might be a psychopath living in a ninja turtle fantasy world or the like.  This kind of person is what mental hospitals and prisons should be used for. 

misterrosewater
misterrosewater

The Kurgan. He is the strongest of all the immortals. He's the perfect warrior. If he wins the Prize, mortal man would suffer an eternity of darkness.


How do you fight such a savage?


With heart, faith and steel. In the end there can be only one.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

This is why we need legal marijuana so stupid fucks like this guy will chill out.  

thisguyhere
thisguyhere

The guy stabbed some people and got arrested. That's standard procedure for this scenario...

misterrosewater
misterrosewater

Jesus Xrist, people, you wouldn't know a perfect opportunity for a Highlander reference if it came up and sliced off your head...

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