Cleveland: Police arrest man ending overnight standoff

CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Police arrested a 52-year-old man in the city's Tremont neighborhood following a standoff early Monday morning.

Officers were called to a home on W. 11th Street, between Starkweather and Auburn avenues, around 12:30 a.m. when they received a report that a man was threatening another man with a knife and baseball bat.

A witness told police the man had allegedly been sniffing paint thinner all day and made repeated threats.

Police say the suspect threw a knife at one man and chased him with a board with nails in it before assaulting the man's dog.

A Cleveland SWAT unit was called to the scene when the suspect broke the window of a house with a flashlight and threatened to shoot officers, amid a heated profanity-laden tirade.

Before SWAT could arrive, the suspect threw a lamp at another man's car, damaging it.

The suspect then pulled out a large kitchen knife before officers took him into custody. On the way to the downtown jail, the man repeatedly tried to kick the windows out of the back of a police car.

He was arrested for felonious assault, aggravated menacing, cruelty to animals and criminal damaging.


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