Sword-swinging man arrested in Times Square

MIDTOWN, Manhattan — A man swinging a 3-foot-long sword in Times Square nearly slashed a police officer as he was taken into custody, authorities said.

Ronald Pearson, 51, of Brooklyn, was arrested just before 2 a.m. Saturday near West 42nd Street and Seventh Avenue, police said.

He faces a charge of menacing, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment.

Pearson allegedly pulled out a yard-long sword and began swinging it in the middle of busy Times Square.

Officers took action swiftly, saying Pearson nearly slashed one of them. No one was hurt.

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When police took Pearson into custody, they found he was carrying a secon sword, officials said.

Police said the suspect is a career criminal with a lengthy rap sheet, including prior weapons charges.

Police did not say what prompted Pearson to wield his sword overnight.

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