Cocoa Puffs plus samurai sword equals cuckoo. Image: Hvnly/Flickr/CC BY
Samurai sword wielding man told police he is 'Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.' Image: Hvnly/Flickr/CC BY

A Cicero, Ind., man was arrested Sunday afternoon, when a State Trooper says he spotted him marching shirtless down a busy interstate highway, brandishing a 35-inch samurai sword. After a short scuffle, the man gave up. He later confessed to officers that he was “cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.”

Abandoned vehicle spotted by officer

Ricky Rayner, an Indiana State Trooper, reported seeing an abandoned white Toyota in the center lane of busy Interstate Highway 65 at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon. It was only moments later that the officer saw a man, who was later identified as 43-year-old Bryon Womack, marching down the highway wearing nothing but plaid shorts and  slip-on type shoes, wielding the 3-foot Japanese-style sword.

‘Marching like a drum major’

“The man was marching like a drum major, holding the sword, moving it up and down in rhythm with his marching cadence,” a state police press release said Monday.

Tried to commandeer a stopped car

Backup was called in for Rayner. The State Trooper then approached Womack, who swung the sword defensively at at him. The officer then ordered him to drop the sword, and Womack immediately complied. However, moments later a driver in a 2010 Chevrolet Sports Utility Vehicle moved to the shoulder of the highway in deference to the approach of a responding Merrillville patrol vehicle. Womack allegedly then tried to force his way into the stopped vehicle in a presumed attempt to flee.

Weapons drawn

Rayner and backup officers drew their weapons and ordered Womack onto the ground. Womack complied and offered no more resistance. He was then handcuffed and arrested and transported to the Lake County jail.

‘Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs’

Womack at first refused to give his identity when he was questioned at the jail. He told officers simply that he was “cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.”

Womack was charged with resisting arrest, attempted car jacking and possession of marijuana.


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