Man threatened to kill baby he used as shield


A man accused of brutally beating his girlfriend and roommate was arrested after barricading himself and using a baby as a shield. 

Maricopa Police Department arrested 32-year-old Brennan D. Cheromiah Thursday after a standoff lasted more than an hour in Rancho El Dorado, according to a probable cause statement obtained by InMaricopa. 

Cops responded to a home on West Rio Grande around 10 p.m., where a woman said Cheromiah choked, kicked and bit her. 

Cops noticed an injured eye and bite marks on her arms. 

A roommate said Cheromiah dragged his girlfriend through the house and kicked her while she was curled up on the floor. 

Cheromiah allegedly punched his roommate in the throat and threatened to kill a child in the home. 

According to police, Cheromiah barricaded himself in the home and used a baby as a human shield in an attempt to evade arrest. After an hour-long standoff, officers were able to safely tase him and bring him into custody. 

Cheromiah’s girlfriend was hospitalized and treated for serious injuries, according to police documents. 

Cheromiah was booked into the Pinal County jail on a half-dozen charges of aggravated assault, making threats, resisting arrest and domestic violence. 

Cheromiah remains in jail with a bond of $10,000. He faces nearly a decade in prison. 

A court hearing is scheduled for Aug. 25. 


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