‘Brazen, bold, and violent’ samurai sword attack ends with fingers severed, attempted murder charge filed

CHICAGO — A 65-year-old Chicago man is charged with attempted murder for allegedly attacking another man with a samurai sword in Auburn Gresham this week. Judge David Kelly detained Gerald Davis as a public safety threat, calling the attack “brazen, bold, and violent.”

Police responding to a noise complaint in the 800 block of West 84th Street around 2:15 a.m. on Tuesday found the 61-year-old victim leaning against a vehicle, bleeding from both hands and missing some fingers, officials said. The cops applied tourniquets to both of the victim’s arms to help slow his blood loss.

They also saw Davis nearby holding a samurai sword, and they watched as he threw the weapon, Davis’ arrest report said. He was immediately detained.

In a detention petition, prosecutors said Davis got into an argument with the victim and punched him in the face a couple of times before going to his car to fetch the samurai sword. Davis struck the victim with the weapon and chased after the man, warning that he was going to kill him, the petition said.

Gerald Davis (Chicago Police Department)

The victim pleaded with Davis to stop, prosecutors said, but it didn’t work. By the time it was over, the victim had been struck in the head and body repeatedly. Some of his fingers and one of his thumbs were severed. Doctors reattached his fingers, but the petition said the thumb could not be saved. He also suffered permanent nerve damage.

Judge Kelly noted Davis’ criminal background as an aggravating factor: convictions for attempted arson, battery, and criminal sexual abuse. The state sex offender registry says Davis was 42 and his victim was 7 at the time of the sex crime.

He is charged with attempted murder and two counts of aggravated battery.

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