Man arrested for wielding samurai sword at pizza shop employees

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VILLAS — Lower Township police arrested a local man after he allegedly threatened some pizza shop employees with a samurai sword.

On Monday, April 14, at approximately 6:40 p.m., Lower Township Police responded to the American Deli located at 1803 Bayshore Road, Villas.

Police received a report of a man who was reportedly wielding a samurai sword at three employees.

The employees exited the rear of the shop while Patrolman Kevin Boyle Jr. confronted the subject, later identified as Ryan A. Crump, 43, of 1815 Bayshore Road, Apt. 101.

After a brief encounter, the Crump allegedly dropped the sword and was placed under arrest.

A coordinated effort between Communications Operator Gamble and Patrolman Boyle are credited with the rapid escape of the three employees through the rear of the establishment. No injuries were reported.

Crump was charged with numerous violations including three counts of aggravated assault, three counts of terroristic threats, various weapons offenses. Crump was lodged in Cape May County Correctional Center. Bail was set at $35,000 cash, no 10 percent by Municipal Court Judge, Thomas Hillegass.

This incident was investigated by Patrolman Kevin Boyle Jr., Patrolman Robert Smith, Patrolman Michael Szemcsak and Detective Brian McEwing.

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