MILLCREEK — A man with a samurai sword, along with several other neighbors, helped chase away an assailant who attacked a woman he had apparently been stalking, according to police.
Just after 7 a.m., Grant Eggertsen assaulted a 35-year old woman on her doorstep near 2100 East Clayborne Ave. by sneaking up on her, according to Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal.
Hoyal said 37-year-old Eggertsen and the woman had a previous professional relationship that "deteriorated." The woman had filed a stalking injunction against him.
After assaulting the woman, Eggersten allegedly stole the woman's keys and tried to enter her home. She then took the opportunity to run away, yelling for help, Hoyal said.
Several neighbors heard the commotion and came outside to aid the woman, Hoyal said. One of those neighbors was Kent Hendrix, who studies martial arts.
Hendrix said as he left his home to aid the woman, he grabbed his samurai sword and brought it with him. Several other neighbors were already trying to chase off Eggertsen.
Hendrix said he confronted Eggertsen, drew his sword and told him to get on the ground.
"Seeing a big razor blade pointed at him, he jumped back into the ivy and said, 'I'm leaving,' " Hendrix said.
At that point, the attacker fled on foot. Hendrix said he chased the man, not wanting him to get away. Ultimately Eggertsen fled in a car.
Hendrix said he picked up some chapstick the man dropped and yelled, "I have your DNA and your license plate; your're done."
According to Hoyal, the man turned himself in to Unified police within an hour.
Hendrix said "he apparently thought about how the next hour of his life was going to unfold and turned himself in to Unified Police.
Both Hoyal and Hendrix said the woman did everything right by drawing attention to herself, yelling and calling for help.
"By her fighting back, that alerted all of her neighbors so five or six of us came to her aid," Hendrix said. "I just happened to be the guy with the big sword and so people seem to be focusing on me."
The man was ultimately interviewed and booked for investigation of robbery, burglary, stalking and criminal trespassing, according Salt Lake County Jail records.
Hendrix is also a bishop for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Video contribution: Devon Dolan