Earlier this month, 28-year-old Ross Hurst of Scottdale, Pennsylvania, was home with his four-year-old son. The boy was asleep. So Ross decided it would be OK to leave the kid home alone while he went outside and pretended to be a ninja warrior.
Around 1:20 A.M., police spotted Ross, dressed from head-to-toe in black, walking down the street.
The police say Ross told them he was “acting out a fantasy of portraying a ninja, a Japanese martial arts expert employed for espionage and assassinations.”
When they asked him why he was playing by himself, he told them, “there are not a lot of people who want to play ninja.”
Then, the police found out he’d left his four-year-old home alone and he was arrested for endangering the welfare of a child. The child was turned over to his mother.
Meanwhile, these ninja-related abandonment charges aren’t the only ones against Ross. He was arrested again a few days later because he threatened a witness who was testifying against a friend of his in a meth case.
The police say Ross called the witness and told him, “You know that skin around your neck? I hope you cherish it, because it’s gonna get cut.”