Three brothers were arrested Friday morning when someone called the police about a man “swinging a samurai sword” at the Aberdeen Walmart.
The Aberdeen Police Department responded to the Olympic Gateway Mall at about 10:30 a.m. and stopped a car matching a witness description in the Dairy Queen parking lot.
Capt. John Green said the men, ages 29, 23 and 17, were also associated with an incident at the Grays Harbor Transit Mall at 320 East Wishkah St. Tuesday afternoon. The 23-year-old Port Angeles man is suspected of brandishing a short tanto-style sword about 12 inches long in a threatening manner toward a 37-year-old Westport man. No injuries were reported.
The Westport man told police he had contacted the men in a parked car, and the younger man is seen on security camera footage approaching him with the long knife drawn.
Police believe the weapon was not displayed in a threatening manner today, but one of the men was showing it to his brothers in the car. The 17-year-old and 23-year-old were arrested for obstructing a public servant in the investigation of the Transit Mall incident. The 29-year-old was arrested for violating a no-contact order out of Lewis County; the protected person was a woman in the car with the brothers.
None were arrested relating to the display of the weapon; Green said the detective assigned to the case hasn’t been able to re-contact the victim. The appropriate charge may be a felony or a misdemeanor depending on details from the victim.