Home investor finds staircase booby-trapped with a knife

A knife taped to a crutch was rigged with a tripwire in an abandoned Philadelphia home. (Photo: Ekrem Uysaler)
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia real estate investor says a home he was scoping out came with an unadvertised surprise — a stairway booby-trapped with a swinging knife.

Ekrem Uysaler says he and his team were looking at the home in January when one of his co-workers saw a small line on the home's staircase. WCAU-TV reports he stopped his construction manager from heading up the stairs and recorded video as they pulled the staircase line with a spare rod.

Pulling the line triggered a fast-moving, downward-swinging crutch from above the staircase. Taped to the end of the crutch was a large knife pointing right to where a person's head would have been walking up the stairs.

Uysaler says he has never encountered something like this before. He says "It's like 'Home Alone' ... Philly style."

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