July 3, 2014 4:03 pm

WATCH: Man fights off sword-wielding attacker with a BBQ brush


Imagine the scenario: you’re confronting an angry man outside of your mobile home, when suddenly he arms himself with a sword.

You reach for the nearest weapon at hand – and find a BBQ brush.

That’s the dire (and rather bizarre) situation that Fayette County, Pennsylvania’s Chad Workman found himself in Tuesday.

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“It was surreal and unreal, that’s the only way I could put it,” he told KDKA News in Pittsburgh.

Workman and his wife, Stephanie Ann Workman, were asleep inside their home when, according to police, Stephanie’s ex-boyfriend came knocking.

The angry ex, Shane Landon Tyson, showed up outside Workman’s home claiming Stephanie still had something of his: a $6 Walmart card.

Workman says Tyson and Stephanie started arguing about the bank card and their past relationship, which woke him from his sleep.

“I heard a slight knock at the door, I heard a man screaming out here…screaming obscenities at my wife,” Workman said.

After a heated exchange between the two, Tyson retreated to his car. Workman thought he was leaving – until he saw him emerge with a full-length Japanese katana sword in a bamboo case.

“I’m thinking, what am I going to do?” he said. “The only thing I grabbed is a spatula.”

Actually, it was a grill brush for Workman’s barbeque. But in this instance, it was his only line of defence in a decidedly bizarre- but still life-threatening – duel.

Workman was cut during the fight, and required twelve stitches.

Still, he told police he managed to get one good shot in with his brush – and his attacker fled.

“Once across the head,” Workman said. “That’s all it took.”

Tyson then stumbled back to his car, and was later arrested by troopers.

He remains free on a $15,000 bond and is charged with aggravated assault and several other counts.

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