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Fri, Oct. 18

Man jailed after swinging a weapon in a bar, pulling knife

Prescott police booked Brett Hamilton Stromberg, 27, of Prescott into the Yavapai County jail Friday on felony charges of reckless display of a deadly instrument after witnesses said he swung a rope with a lock at the end of it inside a bar and pulled a knife on an employee after he was told to leave, Prescott Police Lt. Ken Morley said.

At 11:12 p.m., an officer was flagged down by several people outside a bar in the 200 block of West Gurley Street in Prescott who pointed at a man and said he had just pulled a knife on an employee of a bar in the100 block of North Montezuma Street.

When the officer first saw the man, later identified as Stromberg, he was holding a knife with a 4- to 5-inch blade in his right hand and facing a bar employee.

Stromberg walked away, saw the officer, turned the corner and began to run, but the officer turned onto the 100 block of North Granite Street and stopped him.

Stromberg held the knife over his head, the officer drew his gun, issued commands, and the suspect closed the knife, put it in his pants pocket, put his hands on his head, and knelt down.

As Stromberg yelled at the bar employee, the officer placed him in a prone position, another officer helped handcuff Stromberg, and put him in a patrol car.

The employee showed the officer a rope with a lock at the end and said Stromberg was waving it around inside the bar. When the employee asked Stromberg to leave, Stromberg swung the weapon, so the employee took it and escorted Stromberg out of the bar.

After officers spoke with other witnesses, Stromberg was taken to the police station for questioning.

Stromberg did not reply when the officer asked if he understood his rights, so the officer did not continue with any questioning, according to the police report.

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