Criminal charges were filed today against a Banning man who allegedly threatened to kill a neighbor, taunted police and threw items out of his residence before surrendering.
Jeremiah Joseph Gerky, 24, was scheduled to be arraigned today at the Banning courthouse on a felony count of making criminal threats and one misdemeanor count each of exhibiting a deadly weapon and resisting arrest.
Gerky was arrested about 6:45 p.m., Thursday Feb. 21 in the 400 block of N. 41st Street.
Four hours earlier, someone had reported a man with a knife threatening to kill one of his neighbors on that street, according to the Banning Police Department.
Officers tried to contact Gerky at his residence, but he refused to come out and “instead taunted the officers from within inside and told them to bring their SWAT team,” according to a police statement.
Gerky was the only person inside.
Gerky threw items, including mirrors and glass objects, out of the residence as officers called to him via loud speaker and called his cell phone, but he ignored their orders to surrender.
A single round of tear gas was fired into a window, and Gerky came out a short time later with his hands in the air.
No one was hurt, according to police.
Gerky was booked the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning, where he was being held in lieu of $5,000 bail.