A man in Brazil successfully held a 60-year-old woman hostage for ten hours, threatening her with a deadly Sega Light Phaser.
Looking to collect on a debt, a man in Brazil's Federal District broke into the house of a 60-year-old woman, brandishing the most intimidating-looking weapon he could think of: The Light Phaser, the gun that accompanied Sega's Master System console. Considering that Brazil was one of Sega's biggest markets for the Genesis' predecessor, it's no small surprise that the man was able to acquire one.
Of course, given that Brazil was one of Sega's biggest markets for the Genesis' predecessor, it is surprising that none of the policemen involved in the 10-hour standoff recognized the damn thing: "Hey Paulo, didn't we have one of things when we were kids? How's he threatening her with it? It's not even plugged into the console!"
Perhaps even more surprising is the fact that once the man surrendered to police and released his hostage unharmed, he revealed he also had a pair of genuinely deadly knives. Why he didn't use them before is anyone's guess, though I guess a sharp blade isn't anywhere nearly as intimidating as black plastic.