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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

Sword-wielding neighbor arrested after argument over garbage cans

A Spokane man faces assault charges after allegedly attacking his neighbor with a sword following a dispute over garbage cans.

Carlo M. Cerutti, 50, was arrested Saturday at his duplex near the NorthTown Mall after his neighbor called police, according to court documents.

According to court documents, Cerutti’s wife got into an argument with her neighbor after accusing him of throwing his garbage into her garbage can.

The victim told police Cerutti came rushing out of his house after the argument wielding “a large sword-type weapon with multiple blades,” court documents say. He tried to swing the weapon like a hatchet, the neighbor told police.

The victim put his hands up to block the blade and was able to pull the sword away from Cerutti, court documents say. Another neighbor witnessed the fight.