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Naked man wielding 'Samurai' sword arrested after standoff with police

Police in California say a man swinging a "Samurai"-type sword while naked on the streets on San Jose is in custody. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A naked man holding a "Samurai"-type sword was arrested after a bizarre New Year's Day standoff with police.

Authorities were called to Ezie Street and Cas Drive in San Jose after several people called 911 to report a man standing in front of a home with an assault rifle just after 8 a.m. local time (11 a.m. ET).

As police rushed to the scene, witnesses said the man got in a car and drove to Southwest Expressway and Bascom Avenue. That's where police pulled him over.

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Police said the suspect immediately got out of his car and started yelling, "You're going to have to kill me."


He was naked and holding a large "Samurai"-type sword, according to police.

One witness told NBC Bay Area that the man was pacing back and forth waving the sword at times.

San Jose Police Department "Crisis Intervention Team" members were called to the scene and a standoff began.

Coco Bennett, 29, was taken into custody without incident just before 11 a.m. local time (2 p.m. ET).

Police said he would be evaluated by doctors.

An AR-15-type assault rifle was recovered, according to police.