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Article published December 3, 2012

Sword waving incident leads to charges

Jim Smith
Butler Eagle

BUTLER TWP — A Harmony man is jailed on charges he attacked a one-time friend with a hot cup of coffee before arming himself with a large sword late Monday night.

While no one was hurt, 27-year-old Devin M. Lutz faces felony and other charges in the altercation at a Lyndora apartment.
Butler Township police said Lutz was visiting a tenant at the apartment building in the 600 block of Bessemer Avenue about 11:15 p.m. when he broke into John Martucci’s nearby apartment.
Martucci told police that several weeks earlier he had kicked Lutz out of his apartment, where he had allowed Lutz to stay, according to court documents.
When Martucci told Lutz to leave, Lutz, who was holding a cup of coffee, allegedly threw the beverage hitting Martucci in the back.
Martucci pushed Lutz out of the apartment. But minutes later, Lutz returned, police said, holding a sword with a 34-inch blade. He began waving the sword around and at one point came within inches of hitting Martucci.
Lutz, according to a police affidavit, while wielding the sword told Martucci, “I’m going to cut you up and I’m going to kill you and anyone else that comes near me.”
Lutz left after Martucci told him he was calling police.
Officers got there and found Lutz, who appeared intoxicated from alcohol and possibly drugs, documents said.
Police recovered the sword from the apartment of the tenant who Lutz was visiting. They said they also found a syringe and spoon in his pants pocket.
Lutz was arraigned on a felony charge of trespass and misdemeanor charges of terroristic threats, simple assault and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Additionally, he faces summary charges of harassment, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.
He was placed in the Butler County Prison on $10,000 bail, following arraignment. A preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 6.