No, you did not read it wrong. Some wacko dude in Brazil held an elderly woman hostage for ten hours using a couple of knives... and a Sega Light Phaser!
"Back off, or the old lady gets it! Pew! Pew!"
If you look at it close-up, you'll notice that the Sega Light Phaser looks just like a... well, a... Sega Light Phaser
Master System FTW, y'all!