Man arrested for brandishing sword at diner

Friday, December 17th 1999, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- A man dining at a Tulsa restaurant suffered a cut after he wrestled a sword from an angry diner, authorities said. Andrew Neyman tried to intervene and was cut in the neck during the altercation on Tuesday at Kelly's Country Cooking, Tulsa Police Capt. John Bowman said.

Neyman received several stitches for the wound. Neyman managed to take the sword from Christopher Campbell, who then allegedly left and came back with another sword, Bowman said. Campbell was arrested on complaints of assault with a deadly weapon, malicious mischief, possession of marijuana and public intoxication.

Officers recovered two swords, which had blades between 24 and 26 inches long. Another man in Campbell's car, Pooria Mahdieh, was charged with assault and battery and transporting an open container, Bowmansaid. Campbell was asked to leave because he appeared to be intoxicated, the restaurant owner said. Campbell then allegedly went to his car and took out the sword.

Witnesses told police that Campbell began swinging the sword and destroying things inside the restaurant, Bowman said. "It was quite a violent scene," he said. Campbell and Mahdieh left after Neyman intervened. An officer was flagged down, and, with the witness descriptions, police found the pair, Bowman said.