Bishop Kent Hendrix saved his female neighbour from an attacker on Tuesday (April 23) by fighting off the man with his samurai sword.

The Mormon bishop was awoken by his teenage son screaming that someone was being attacked outside their home.

Hendrix, who is also a martial arts instructor leapt out of his bed and grabbed his 29-inch carbon steel Samurai sword.

The suspect escaped after being chased down the street by Hendrix and several other neighbours.

According to Utah authorities, the suspect, 37-year old Grant Eggerston turned himself in to the police later that day.

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