Man injured, 2 arrested in sword incident in Boulder

BOULDER, Colo. -- A man with a sword injured another man near the University of Colorado campus on Wednesday afternoon, the Boulder Police Department said.

Police said two people were under arrest in the case Wednesday night.

Cody Scott Parker, 26, is facing a charge of first-degree assault. Aneta Urban, 38, faces a charge of conspiracy to commit first-degree assault, police said.

Derek Navarette was in his car in the parking lot of a Wells Fargo bank branch at 1242 Pearl St. when the confrontation started.

About 3:30 p.m., officers responded on a call of a suspicious man with a sword in his backpack at 14th and Walnut streets.

Another call reported that a man was chasing someone with a sword near the bank. They were then seen at 14th Street and Canyon Boulevard where the altercation ensued.

Police said Parker pulled a knife from the victim's backpack. The victim put up his hands to defend himself.

Navarette said one man stuck the sword in the other man's face, and the video shows how he tries to grab the weapon and pull it away. Instead his hand was injured.

Navarette said the injured man eventually started backing away and then it appeared he grabbed his phone to start recording video.

"That was the last thing I expected to see when I left my house this morning … was to see someone wielding a sword in public, especially that size. It looked like a samurai sword. Definitely surprising," Navarette said.

Police said the victim was taken to Boulder Community Health and that he and the two suspects know each other.

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