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According to court documents, man threatened to kill girlfriend

A 39-year-old Missoula man was arrested Tuesday night after he fought with police officers who were trying to take him into custody after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend at the Royal Motel.

Samuel A. Baker, who also is known as Samuel Miller, allegedly entered his girlfriend's East Broadway motel unit about 3 p.m., according to court documents. He threw a cane at the woman and hit her in the face with an empty beer can that he'd thrown, according to police.

The girlfriend told police that as she was leaning down to pick up something off the floor, Baker forced her face into the carpet, bloodying her nose. He then became more upset and pulled out a 4-inch pocketknife.

He held the knife to the woman's throat and threatened to kill her, according to court documents.

When officers arrived, Baker refused to let them in, then tried to leave through a bathroom window.

After obtaining a key and getting the chained door partially open, police sprayed Baker with pepper spray, but he continued to wave the knife. He also alternately told officers he had a bomb or challenged them to shoot him, court records indicate.

When officers sprayed Baker a second time, he allegedly threw the knife through the cracked-open door, past the heads of officers Jim Pontrelli and Dean Chrestenson. The knife blade stuck in a window casing. Baker was then subdued.

On Wednesday, Baker appeared in Missoula Justice Court, charged with assault with a weapon and assault on a police officer, both felonies. Justice Karen Orzech ordered him held on $50,000 bond and set his next appearance for April 26.

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