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CALIFORNIA BRIEFING / SACRAMENTO

Attacker subdued with plastic lawn ornament

November 29, 2008|Associated Press

A man used a candy cane lawn ornament to fend off a knife-wielding neighbor who had been attacking holiday guests at a Sacramento home, authorities said.

Police spokesman Sgt. Norm Leong said the man used the 2-foot-tall plastic ornament to subdue the attacker until officers arrived.

Leong said the 49-year-old suspect became intoxicated, went over to a neighbor's home on Thanksgiving and began waving a kitchen knife at people gathered on the lawn.

He cut several peoples' clothing before one of them decided to fight back, police said.

Authorities said the unidentified man with the knife was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.

The guest who took up the candy cane was not arrested because officers determined that he acted in self-defense.

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