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Sunday, May 19, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Man who hurled microwave, garbage can at police arrested and charged

A man suspected of hurling household items – including a microwave and garbage can – at police officers has been arrested and charged with malicious mischief after a lengthy standoff Monday afternoon.

Police responded to call from a neighbor alleging threats by 47-year-old Mark Cebriak, who lives on the 1700 block of West 12th Avenue on the lower South Hill.

After Cebriak yelled and threw things at police, he went up to his third floor balcony and began hurling larger items, including a microwave at officers, who took cover behind a SWAT vehicle, according to court documents. Some of the objects struck a neighbor’s house. Other hit the SWAT vehicle and caused more than an estimated $20,000 in damage.

During negotiations, police officer Josh Laiva said officers had reason to believe there were weapons in the houseThey were never used.

After a lengthy negotiation, officers shot bean bags which struck Cebriak in the lower left thigh, causing him to go back into the house, court documents say. Police then deployed a gas canister and apprehended Cebriak at about 6 p.m.

This was the second time in two days Cebriak had police called on him. On Sunday, Cebriak got into a verbal argument with neighbors and “hit golf balls at them,” a police news release says.

Nobody was hurt in either incident.

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