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Naperville man charged in ‘pirate sword’ attack

A man from central Naperville has been arrested and charged with slashing a neighbor’s arm with a 3-foot-long, novelty pirate sword, following a quarrel on the Fourth of July.

Phillip K. Heade is free on bond and awaiting trial in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton on misdemeanor charges of unlawful use of a weapon, battery causing bodily harm and battery, according to Naperville police and court records.

Heade, 51, lives on the 500 block of Fessler Avenue, in the Villages of West Glen area southwest of 75th Street and Modaff Road. He was arrested about 11 p.m. July 4 following the incident near his home.

Police Sgt. Lou Cammiso said one of Heade’s neighbors was in his garage “when he made eye contact and exchanged words with a male subject walking in front of his house, whom he had seen in the neighborhood before.” Cammiso said he did not know the specific content of that conversation or whether it included insults or threatening language.

The other man, subsequently identified as Heade, “returned five minutes later and entered the victim’s garage with a novelty pirate sword ... ultimately striking the victim (and) cutting his arm,” Cammiso said via e-mail. The metallic sword measured about 3 feet from the handle to the tip of the blade, he said.

Heade then left the area and the other man called police. Cammiso said police “investigated and later identified Heade as the suspect and obtained an arrest warrant for him.”

The neighbor was not seriously injured.

Heade reportedly lived previously in Chicago and southwest suburban Robbins. An examination of court documents revealed he has no criminal record in DuPage, Will or Kane counties.

His arraignment is set for Aug. 2, according to court records.

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