Monday, April 11, 2011

Man wields samurai sword, guitar in tattoo parlor attack

Customer ends attack on himself, artist by bashing assailant's head with glass tabletop

Police followed a blood trail to find the man they said used a sword and a guitar to attack a tattoo artist and his customer in Orlando.
Officers caught up with Jason Lynn Gay on East Harding Street at the end of a blood trail he left behind after one of the tattoo parlor's customers smashed a glass tabletop over his head, they said.
"One minute we were sitting here and I was focused on my tattooing; the next we were fighting for our lives. Thank God it ended up the way it did," said Patrick Walker, the tattoo artist who said he was attacked
Walker said he never thought the samurai sword he had on display and his beloved guitar would be used against him.
"It was like the Joker on Batman — he said, 'You guys are gonna die.' It was kind of like I said, 'I'm not dying.' And my buddy said, 'I'm not dying.' The next thing you know we just went at it," Walker said.
Gay is being held in the Orange County Jail on two counts of attempted second-degree murder as well as two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
Gay has a criminal history. He was just released from prison in August after a 10-year sentence.

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