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These are the craziest toy attacks and crimes committed using toys of all time. Some guy attacked people in a store with a lightsaber to the point of having to be brought down by the police; a woman used a toy penguin to try to hold up a gas station, and entire planes have been hijacked by toy grenades. These are the most vicious attacks, robberies and crimes committed using children's toys, and they are spectacularly weird.

What are some weird crimes committed using children's toys? If you're wondering where people who commit crimes with kids' toys rank on the evolutionary scale, these bizarre crimes involving toys will give you a pretty solid idea.

Assaulting Toys R Us Shoppers with a Lightsaber

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At the height of the 2011 holiday shopping season, one Portland man reached his limit and started attacking fellow Toys R Us shoppers with a toy lightsaber, like any rational adult would after standing in line while listening to children use that Dora the Explorer talking toy 27 times in a row.

But the force was so strong with him that when officers tried to taser David Canterbury, he wielded the toy lightsaber so effectively that he was able to break the taser wire.

Eventually an officer tackled Canterbury, who is now undergoing a mental health evaluation for using the weapon of choice for the peace-mongering monks from a galaxy far far away.

To his credit, Canterbury's lightsaber didn't belong to a Sith Lord (or Apprentice), so he had not completely gone over to the dark side. I would've used Mace Windu's because say what you will about the prequels, that is one sleek purple lightsaber.
Drinking and Driving a Toy Car is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 12 Craziest Toy Attacks of All Time
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Drinking and Driving a Toy Car

Getting drunk and then getting behind the wheel of a car is one of the worst and most dangerous things that you can do – turning your vehicle into a deadly machine that can hurt anyone in its path.

But what if, when you're drunk, you get behind the wheel of an electric Barbie car with a top speed of 4 m.p.h.? That is what 40-year-old Paul Hutton did in the U.K. last year, turning the Barbie vehicle into a very slow weapon on wheels.

And even though a pedestrian could outrun the out-of-control Barbie car, Hutton was still arrested for drunk driving and had his license suspended for three years. Too bad he wasn't aware of the Welsh teenager who was charged in 2006 for drinking and then driving a child's dune buggy.

As if getting a DUI wasn't already embarrassing enough, this guy has to walk around asking for rides, taking the subway, and telling people he doesn't have a valid license because he drove a pink barbie cars. I mean, he could've at least been driving a Power Wheels.
Man Hijacks Plane with Toy Gre... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 12 Craziest Toy Attacks of All Time
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Man Hijacks Plane with Toy Grenade

In 1988, Gonzalo Carreno diverted a domestic flight en route to Bogota back to its departure city, forced all 128 passengers to deplane, demanded $100,000, and then ordered the plane to Panama to refuel, to Aruba, and finally back to Colombia, after the pilots assured Carreno that the plane couldn't make it all the way to Cuba and all while carrying a toy grenade. He was finally captured later that day about 300 yards from the runway, still clutching the grenade.

His reasoning for all of this? Carreno claimed he was terminally ill with cancer and wanted to go out with a bang by flying to India and meeting up with Mother Theresa. 

At least he never pulled the pin on that toy grenade.

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Woman Tries to Rob a Store with a Toy Penguin

If you decide to turn to a life of crime and rob a gas station, one way to get the clerk to hand over the cash is to say you have a bomb. 

One woman named Andri Lynn Jeffers stuffed a toy penguin under her shirt and tried to rob a convenience store saying that she had a bomb. The cash register was empty, though, so there was really nothing they could do to help her.

She pressed on and was then caught by authorities who discovered that she was unarmed, not wielding anything more deadly than the infectiously adorable toy penguin she pretended was something that could take out the entire store.
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Kid Stabs Other Kid for Winning a Water Gun Fight

Water gun battles can be a great way to cool down on a hot summer day, especially if you get the kind with the cool laser sights, or the ones might as well be entire hoses.

This is what 17-year-old William Welch must have been thinking in June 1992 when he used his Super Soaker to drench his friends on any other day. But one of his friends apparently didn't like getting wet, because he went home to get a kitchen knife and then stabbed Welch in the chest for what one can only assume was extra points.

Welch miraculously survived the completely unfair and rule-breaking stabbing, although his love of water gun fights most likely did not.
Man Tries to Rob a Store in JA... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 12 Craziest Toy Attacks of All Time
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Man Tries to Rob a Store in JAKARTA with a Toy Gun

Some adults also use toy guns to commit robbery.

Two men in Jakarta robbed a minimart of cash and two cans of powdered milk by threatening an employee with an airsoft gun which, c'mon, those things actually really do hurt like a bastard.

Unfortunately for the robbers, though, the employee knew his guns and wasn't scared enough of the toy to not fight back. He screamed for help, allowing his colleagues to overpower the thieves and they were then brought to probably-way-too-brutal justice.
Nerf Gun Attack Results in Man... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 12 Craziest Toy Attacks of All Time
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Nerf Gun Attack Results in Man Being Run Over

Nerf guns are a lot of fun, and almost everyone has taken part in a Nerf fight at one point or another. But one summer, two teenagers took their Nerf attack too far by driving around Quincy, Massachusetts, and shooting at every passer-by they saw. Two of their victims decided to fight back and chased the teens until they were cornered on a dead-end street, at which point the teen driving tried to escape and ended up running over one of the pursuer's legs before totaling the car. Among other lessons learned, both teens probably now know only to use their Nerf guns among friends, and not to attack strangers.
When Bicycles Attack is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 12 Craziest Toy Attacks of All Time
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When Bicycles Attack

Bicycles are a classic toy. And, unlike a lot of other toys, bicycles don't really look like weapons. But bicycles can still attack you, as the actor Jim Caviezel experienced in 2009. Caviezel was out riding his motorcycle when a mentally disturbed man threw a bicycle in his path. Fortunately, Caviezel was wearing a helmet and only suffered a few cuts and bruises.