BELTRAMI COUNTY, Minn. (WCCO) — A 28-year-old Bemidji man has been charged after police say he started a sword fight while drinking with another man.

Lucas Wayne French faces two felony counts of malicious punishment of a child and fourth-degree assault of a police officer. He has also been charged with two misdemeanor counts of dangerous weapons and reckless handling.

On early Tuesday morning, the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a person being assaulted with a sword in his rural Beltrami County home.

According to the criminal complaint, when deputies arrived, they found an intoxicated person, now identified as French, trying to leave the home on a bicycle. They stopped French and learned he had been drinking with the homeowner when he suddenly attacked the man with a sword.

In order to defend himself, the homeowner grabbed another sword and the two engaged in a sword fight.

During the fight, a 10-year-old boy was injured when his elbow was struck by French’s sword. The boy was treated and released for his injuries.

French’s bail is set at $50,000 with conditions. He remains in the Beltrami County Jail.

Comments (17)
  1. See BS says:

    I doubt it was a serious sword fight, and it was more of an accident.

    People wonder why the State is 5 billion dollars in debt.

  2. Jim Saporito says:

    Things to do today: Get drunk. Have sword fight. Injure 10 year old. Renew Mensa membership.

  3. Kevin says:

    Aint diversity grand?

    1. curly_racks says:

      Considering he appears native & you are a pale faced invader I would say not

      1. Sunny says:

        Kevin makes that comment for every story where the person is or appears to be non caucasion. It doesn’t seem that he can come up with anything else to say…

  4. Ronald Raygun says:

    Another republican hard at work.

  5. BIlly Bod says:

    Another pile of garbage immigrant costing me jail costs…..

    1. Fluffer says:

      Ummm…he’s native you dumb SOB. That makes you the Immigrant.

      1. Hugh Jorgan says:

        Pale faced invader? Immigrant? Hahahahahahaha! Young Buffalo Feather, you must learn from the past – don’t bring arrows to a gun fight, otherwise…, well, you know the rest… heh.

  6. curly_racks says:

    Yes diversity is grand pinky

  7. GM says:

    There can be only one.

  8. trl the alligator says:

    one look at this clown and you know he is an out of control moron…..give him some liquor and anything can happen….he is in jail where he belongs.

  9. dsp says:


    We must BAN swords right now! For the children!

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