What do you get when you mix a Mormon with a samurai sword? A mighty combination.
When a 35-year-old Utah woman was attacked Tuesday, it wasn’t the police who came to the rescue; it was her neighbor, martial arts expert and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bishop Kent Hendrix.
Fox 13 reported that an unidentified woman was allegedly attacked by a former co-worker, Grant Eggertsen, 37, who attempted to get inside her Millcreek home as she was leaving for work early Tuesday morning. Eggertsen chased the woman, who had reportedly obtained a stalking injunction against him prior to the attack.
When Hendrix's son alerted him to a suspected mugging, Hendrix stepped in and confronted the man with a steel samurai sword.
“As he was coming through the fence, there is where I drew down on him and told him to get down to the ground,” said Hendrix. “His eyes just got huge and he was taken aback that he was staring down 29 inches of razor.”
The bishop wasn’t the only man on the scene, as several other neighbors also came to assist the victim, including an older woman who jumped on the attacker’s back.
“She had a little baseball bat and she ended up whacking him a good one,” said one witness. “That’s the philosophy of our neighborhood. We help each other out.”
Hendrix, who has been practicing self-defense for more than a decade and owns Kishindo Martial Arts Academy in Millcreek, said he is glad his training was put to good use.
“I’ve never had to use my martial arts until today, in anger. I’m happy things worked out well,” he said. “Everybody knows each other. Everybody here has each other’s back and today we did.”
Eggertsen escaped the scene but was arrested one hour later by local authorities on burglary and stalking charges.