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    Sword seized after man mistakes porn for rape
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    • James Van Iveren says he feels "stupid" after breaking into neighbor's apartment
    • Neighbor says Van Iveren held him at sword-point, demanding proof he was alone
    • Neighbor says he played part of the pornographic movie for police
    • Van Iveren charged with criminal trespass, criminal damage, disorderly conduct

    OCONOMOWOC, Wisconsin (AP) -- A man says he broke into an apartment with a cavalry sword because he thought he heard a woman being raped, but the sound actually was from a pornographic movie his upstairs neighbor was watching.

    "Now I feel stupid," said James Van Iveren, who has been charged in the case. "This really is nothing, nothing but a mistake."

    According to a criminal complaint, the neighbor told police that Van Iveren pounded on the door and kicked it open without warning February 12, damaging the frame and lock.

    "Where is she?" Van Iveren demanded, thrusting the sword at the neighbor, the complaint said. "Where is she?"

    The neighbor told police Van Iveren became increasingly aggressive as he repeated the question, insisting that he had heard a woman being raped. The complaint said that, with the sword pointed at him, the neighbor led Van Iveren throughout the apartment, opening closet doors to prove he was alone.

    The neighbor later played for police the part of the DVD he believed Van Iveren heard downstairs.

    The radio station WTMJ identified the neighbor as Bret Steighorst.

    Van Iveren, 39, of Oconomowoc, was charged with criminal trespass, criminal damage and disorderly conduct, all while using a dangerous weapon, and is scheduled to appear in court March 5. Together, the misdemeanor counts carry a maximum sentence of 33 months in jail.

    Van Iveren said Tuesday that he heard a woman "screaming for help," grabbed the sword, bounded up the stairs, kicked in the apartment door and confronted the man who lived there.

    "I intended to hold it behind my back and knock. But I froze and instead, what happened happened," he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

    Contesting his neighbor's account, Van Iveren said he didn't look anywhere in the apartment except the front room, and that he never threatened the neighbor with the sword.

    "I had the sword extended, but that was all," he said.

    Van Iveren, who lives with his mother in the downstairs apartment, said he did not call police when he heard the noises because he does not have a telephone. He said he barely knew the upstairs tenant.

    Police seized Van Iveren's sword, which he said was a family heirloom.
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    I think that is prety cool. It seems Mr. Iverson had good intentions and nobody got hurt. Okay, so pay for the damage to the door and sheath the sword. Just think if someone really was in danger and how many people would do nothing. He should have called the cops before he went upstairs, but hey, I think it was a galant effort. Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TopTimi View Post
    I think that is prety cool. It seems Mr. Iverson had good intentions and nobody got hurt. Okay, so pay for the damage to the door and sheath the sword. Just think if someone really was in danger and how many people would do nothing. He should have called the cops before he went upstairs, but hey, I think it was a galant effort. Cheers!
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    he feels stupid because the paper just printed that he's 39 and lives with his mom!
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    Being an idiot is a crime?

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    if it is...then half of the posters in main are guilty!
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    Quote Originally Posted by twonabomber View Post
    if it is...then half of the posters in main are guilty!
    Half?

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    Lemme guess, he heard the screams, decided he should try and help, so he picked up a baseball bat....then put it down; picked up a chainsaw...then put it down; saw the sword and that was it!! He then thought to himself, 'here comes Butch to the rescue!' He done Bruce Willis proud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TopTimi View Post
    I think that is prety cool. It seems Mr. Iverson had good intentions and nobody got hurt. Okay, so pay for the damage to the door and sheath the sword. Just think if someone really was in danger and how many people would do nothing. He should have called the cops before he went upstairs, but hey, I think it was a galant effort. Cheers!
    Agreed!

    And the stupid neighbor should turn his fucking TV down. That's crazy. Don't broadcast your porn to the entire apt. complex. Asshole.
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    Let me get this straight, lol....

    He kicked in the door, stormed in with a sword, and yet, he didn't threaten the guy?

    Maybe it's me, but kick in my door, and you can bet I'm operating under the assumption that you're not here for the coffee.....

    "Where is she!?!"

    Too cool......

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    not to mention he only heard a woman's voice, and not a physical struggle.
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    This is gonna turn up as a plotline on "The Office"......just you wait.
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