Bizarre Ninja Attacker Takes Swipe At Special Ops Troops

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Kern County, Ridgecrest Station, California – US Army Special forces troops were at Inyokern Airport for training out in the Mojave Desert when a man dressed as a ninja slashed one of them. The soldiers fled and locked the doors of the administration building. Then the attacker threw a chunk of asphalt through the window, whacking one in the head.

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The incident reportedly occurred on on September 18 at around 1:20 a.m.. Two soldiers, one a Staff Sergeant, the other a Captain, were injured by the ninja attacker. The SSgt was slashed and the Captain hit by the asphalt. The soldiers were from F Co., 2nd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR), an elite helicopter unit known as the Night Stalkers. The Army confirmed that the incident did occur.

The staff sergeant was sitting outside the administration building at the airport hangar smoking a cigarette when he was approached by “an unknown person wearing full ninja garb,” the photographed document states.

It is unclear from the records whether the man was an actual practitioner of ninjutsu.

“Do you know who I am?” the ninja asked, to which the soldier replied no, according to the document.

“Do you know where my family is?” the black-clad man then asked. The staff sergeant again answered no.

“The person in ninja garb began to slash at (the soldier), striking his phone and his knee and leg,” the record states.

The staff sergeant took off running across the parking lot to escape the attacker, and then he jumped a fence and entered the administrative building, where he and the captain locked doors and called 911.

Meanwhile, the man dressed as a ninja was “kicking and punching doors and windows” before leaving to grab a large block of asphalt, which he heaved through the window of the administration building.

The captain was struck by the chunk of asphalt, said the document on social media.

Screenshot of the post shared on Reddit via Stripes

Kern County Sheriff’s Office substation and Ridgecrest Police Department both responded to the scene.

Photo of the Katana carried by the Ninja attacker (released by Kern County Sheriff’s Office)

The Ridgecrest Police Department also responded to the scene and located the suspect on Inyokern Road. The suspect, identified as Gino Rivera (35), refused to follow commands and brandished the sword at deputies. Non-lethal rounds were deployed but were ineffective.

Rivera ran from deputies and deputies pursued. Rivera continued to disobey commands and a taser was deployed. Rivera dropped the sword and deputies used control holds to take Rivera into custody. The victims were taken to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries.

Rivera was booked into the Central Receiving Facility for attempted homicide, assault w/ a deadly weapon, brandishing a weapon, brandishing a weapon w/ the intent to resist or prevent an arrest, vandalism, and obstruct/delay a peace officer in the discharge of their duties.

Kern county Sheriff’s Office on Twitter

The two soldiers have been released to return to duty after receiving ”multiple stitches.” However, they won’t be so quick to ignore some dude dressed in full ninja garb next time.


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