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Christopher Meusburger, Minnesota Man, Allegedly Threatened Neighbor With Sword Over Mistreated Book

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Christopher Meusburger allegedly threatened his 62-year-old neighbor with a sword after she criticized the way he treated a book she lent him.
Christopher Meusburger allegedly threatened his 62-year-old neighbor with a sword after she criticized the way he treated a book she lent him.

Last time anyone ever lends this guy a book.

Christopher Meusburger, 29, of St. Paul, Minnesota, allegedly threatened his 62-year-old neighbor with a sword on Monday night after she complained that he mistreated a book she lent him, the Pioneer Press reports.

The woman spotted a book that Meusburger had borrowed from her on the floor of the hallway, outside her door, according to the criminal complaint filed on July 31. She asked him why he didn't just throw the book away instead of leaving it on the floor, which apparently upset Meusburger.

"If you weren't so weak I would seriously hurt you," he said to the woman, after getting so close that their noses were touching, according to the blog City Pages.

The complaint report says that Meusburger then pushed his neighbor "back a few steps with his chest puffed up like he was getting ready to fight her."

The woman could tell Meusburger was intoxicated and said that if he continued to push her, she would call the police.

That's when he ran into his apartment and grabbed a long sword.

"He was in a fighting stance like he was ready to sword-fight with somebody," the complaint said. "She said she has never been that scared for her life before."

After he swung the weapon around, Meusburger went back inside his apartment. The woman contacted police, who arrested Meusburger. He told cops he drank at least a 12-pack of beer -- his blood-alcohol level reading was 0.185.

While in custody, an investigator asked Meusburger why he was in jail.

"Because I'm an idiot," he answered, according to the complaint.

Meusburger told police that his neighbor was yelling at him and admitted that he unsheathed the sword, but claimed he never left his apartment with it.

He did say, though, "But I unsheathed it. Hard to think of it as not a threat," according to the complaint.

Police found several other weapons in Meusburger's apartment, including more swords, Ninja stars, daggers, knives, and nunchucks.

Meusburger was charged with terroristic threats, according to the Pioneer Press.

The complaint report did not include the title of the book Meusburger borrowed from the woman.

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