North Bergen police dismiss pic of samurai sword wielding man as a hoax

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A viral photo of a man in black dressed like a ninja and wielding a samurai sword in North Bergen has been dismissed as a hoax by local police.

Photos courtesy of North Bergen police.
Photos courtesy of North Bergen police.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“The North Bergen Police Department currently investigating a report of an unknown person taking photographs in the area 48th Street and Aschoff Place,” the department wrote on their Facebook page.

“A photograph of the individual has been circulating on social media which claims the person was in possession of a Samurai sword strapped to his back.”

The post goes on to say that the detective bureau reviewed a comparison photo and it is clear that the chain link fence in the background “does not match in the section directly behind the individual,” who was also not armed with a samurai sword in any eyewitness accounts.

Therefore, despite persisting rumors and at least one published report, the photo has either been manipulated or is completely fake, authorities said.

Anyone with any additional information about the individual in the photograph is urged to contact the North Bergen Detective Bureau at (201) 392-2092.