Man arrested for threatening landlord with katana

Posted at 12:39 AM, Sep 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-22 09:41:56-04

CINCINNATI -- A Cincinnati man got medieval about resolving a parking dispute on Wednesday, according to his landlord: When the landlord towed his car, Anthony Landingham threatened him with a sword.

Steve Grace, the landlord in question, said the encounter made him afraid for his life.

"I was telling the dude to chill out, ‘cause you gonna go to jail if you stab that dude," said Anthony Crawford, who witnessed the confrontation.

Crawford works odd jobs on the Kemper Lane property and said that he had seen Grace and Landingham clash before, but Wednesday’s incident was unlike anything that preceded it.

When Grace called a tow truck to remove Landingham’s broken-down car (which had “been there for years,” Crawford said) from the property, Landingham disappeared inside and emerged with a katana.

"He had it about an inch from his face," Crawford said.

Grace called police, which incited further threats of violence from Landingham, according to Crawford. Grace remained unharmed, however, and Landingham was arrested and charted with physically threatening the other man.

Landingham will appear in court Thursday afternoon.