INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 15, 2016) – Indianapolis police are investigating an unusual attack on the city’s north side.
A homeowner woke up Tuesday morning to find a sword wielding neighbor at his front door.
According to Indianapolis Metropolitan police, the attack happened around 8:10 a.m. in the 9100 block of Crystal River Drive.
The dispute started when the suspect tried to break into his neighbor’s home armed with a sword.
In response, the homeowner grabbed a golf club and fought the suspect off.
“When I opened the door he said, May I come in?” said the victim Tony Waugh. “That was the only thing he said. I slammed the door and he tried to break in.”
Tony says the suspect, who lives right next door, threw some kind of heavy item and broke his doo while speaking incoherently.
“It was difficult to make out what he was saying and I suspect it wouldn’t have made much sense anyway,” said Waugh.
Police say when suspect tried to slash at Tony with his sword, Tony grabbed a golf club and struck the suspect in the head in self-defense.
“It’s very scary but thank God they’re okay,” said neighbor Kathy Wheeland.
The suspect is identified as 44-year-old Joseph Galdun.
He does not have a previous criminal record.
Neighbors say he works as a local physician and don’t understand exactly why the suspect became violent.
“They don’t know, but he seemed a little deranged. That was the word used,” said Wheeland.
Police believe the suspect had either been intoxicated or suffering from a mental episode and may have thought he was breaking into his own home.
Tony says he never had any dispute with his neighbor before the encounter.
“At no point did he say anything that would indicate he wanted to get me. I don’t even know why our house. It was really traumatic,” said Waugh.
The homeowner suffered only a small cut to his hand.
The suspect was taken to the hospital to be evaluated, but is in good condition.
He could be facing a variety of criminal charges.