Man punches roommate's dog, sparks four-hour standoff with SWAT in Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood

CLEVELAND - A man has been charged after a nearly four-hour standoff in the city’s Tremont neighborhood that started just before 1 a.m. Monday morning.

The whole thing started, police say, when the barricaded man — identified as Timothy Blevins, 52 — punched his roommate's dog in the eye then pulled a knife on the roommate.

Police say he threatened police and threw a lamp at his roommate's car while they were there, and, once arrested, tried to break the police cruiser's back wino

Blevins was charged with felonious assault, aggravated menacing, cruelty to animals and criminal damaging.

Both the roommate and dog were able to get out of the house along West 11th Street just south of Starkweather Avenue.

The dog has a swollen eye but otherwise appears to be ok. The roommate was uninjured in the altercation.

Just after 4 a.m. SWAT officers approached the house and took the man into custody without incident, though police said he tried to break the backseat windows of his cruiser by kicking them.

Blevins appeared very distraught and angry as he was led from the home to a police cruiser.

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