A person decked out in ninja gear and toting a sword assaulted two troopers at an airfield within the Mojave desert final month, leaving them wounded and hunkered in a locked constructing late at night time, in keeping with a purported leaked military report of the incident that was later partly confirmed by police.
U.S. Military Particular Operations Aviation Command spokesman Maj. Jeff Slinker confirmed to Stars and Stripes that the incident detailed within the leaked doc floating round Reddit on Wednesday had occurred however he didn’t provide additional remark.
Kern County deputies confirmed Friday they’d arrested a suspect, 35-year-old Gino Rivera, who they stated “assaulted a sufferer on the scene with a sword,” and threw a rock by a hangar window, hitting a second sufferer within the head. They added that Rivera “brandished the sword at deputies” once they arrived.
Rivera was booked into the Central Receiving Facility for tried murder and a slew of weapons-related and different fees, the Sheriff’s Workplace stated in an announcement.
In line with a photographed copy of the doc circulating on Reddit, the servicemembers have been left with head and leg wounds that required “a number of stitches” earlier than they have been later cleared to return to responsibility. The Sheriff’s Workplace confirmed that the victims have been transported to an area hospital however didn’t say they have been troopers.
Within the doc, names of the injured troopers weren’t disclosed, however they have been recognized by the abbreviations “SSG” and “CPT”—employees sergeant and captain—and gave the impression to be coaching on the Inyokern Airport in Kern County, California.
Round 1 a.m. on Sept. 18, the employees sergeant was sitting outdoors an administration constructing smoking a cigarette when he was approached by “an unknown particular person sporting full ninja garb,” the doc states.
The person, wielding a sword, requested the employees sergeant, “Are you aware who I’m?” in keeping with the doc.
When the sergeant replied no, the ninja continued, “Are you aware the place my household is?” After the solider once more replied no, the ninja-cloaked particular person “started to slash” on the officer, “hanging his telephone and his knee and leg,” the doc states.
The employees sergeant fled throughout the car parking zone, and jumped over a fence earlier than locking himself inside an administrative constructing the place he was joined by a captain, and referred to as 911, the report states.
The ninja-clad particular person started “kicking and punching doorways and home windows.” He left the constructing solely to return with a block of asphalt which he threw by a window, hanging the captain.
Further particulars offered within the report counsel the victims could possibly be members of the one hundred and sixtieth Particular Operations Aviation Regiment, a helicopter unit often known as the Night time Stalkers, which had been tasked with help at Fort Irwin’s Nationwide Coaching Heart, Stars and Stripes reported.
The Ridgecrest Police Division advised The Each day Beast that it had assisted the Kern County Sheriff’s Workplace, who led the “ninja case.”
According to logs posted on its website, Ridgecrest police recorded a primary name at 1:19 a.m., involving a person in a “ninja costume” armed with a sword who was on foot in a car parking zone. It famous there was “not less than one sufferer.”
Lower than half-hour later got here what gave the impression to be a associated 911 name linked again to the airport with contemporary particulars that learn: “hunkered down in a [hangar] questioning the place assistance is.”
Danielle Kernkamp, a spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Workplace, advised The Each day Beast that Rivera ran from deputies and deputies had used a taser on him. After dropping the sword, he was taken into custody, she stated.