Three men who broke into a home Thursday morning on the city's East side were confronted by a homeowner with a sword, San Antonio police said.

The homeowner, Robert Suniga, told police the men said they were looking for his son.

"They were saying that they were SAPD. They were saying they had a search warrant. They were saying that he raped their little sister," Suniga said.

Suniga didn't buy the mens' story. Instead of handing over his son, Suniga armed himself for a fight. He went to his bedroom to get a sword that a friend gave him as a gift, telling him to use it to protect his family.

"My wife was standing right here in the hallway. One of them had a shotgun in her face. Another had a pistol," Suniga said.

Guadalupe Suniga said she was afraid the men would kill her.

Robert Suniga said he swung his sword like a baseball bat, and missed one of the men, but hit another in the arm.

Suniga said he isn't sure why the men broke into his home in the 100 block of Talisman, but the sword sent them running.

Police have not identified any suspects.

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