This is one of the most ridiculous stories I've read lately:
I talked to my friend who is a JHU alum and he says that while using a sword to defend oneself is a new one, crime like this happens all the time for the students here. During his time there (which was 2003 - 2007) he said there were numerous robberies, rapes and one murder. That's intense. He says the The Wire is insanely accurate, which makes it all the more a great show, but still, it's pretty nuts.