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Man who threw knives at cops, set cash on fire pleads guilty to menacing a police officer

A Buffalo man who threw knives at police during a Christmas Eve standoff at his estranged girlfriend’s apartment has pleaded guilty to menacing a police officer and three misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief.

Marcus Peoples, 34, of Hasting Avenue, faces up to seven years in prison after pleading guilty last week in front of State Supreme Court Justice Deborah A. Haendiges who set sentencing for May 20.

Police were called to the second-floor apartment on Clinton Street near Bailey Avenue after Peoples verbally assaulted his estranged girlfriend, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.

After she fled, Peoples went on a rampage, damaging the apartment and smashing windows. He taunted police from the second-floor porch and threatened to burn down the home as he lit money on fire, Sedita said.

As Lt. Brian Britzzalaro led residents of the first-floor apartment from the home, Peoples started throwing knives, along with Christmas presents and other items from the upper apartment. He later surrendered to the SWAT team.

Peoples, who was on parole at the time of the standoff, has two prior felony convictions.