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Drunken man pepper-sprayed in stranger's basement

Gerald Maple, 51


A Hannibal man is behind bars and recovering from being pepper-sprayed after holing up in a house.


Police responded to an Ely Street home Sunday night after getting a call about a man who barricaded himself in a homeowners basement. He was reportedly throwing items and attempting to break waterlines in the home.


Officers arrested 51-year-old Gerald Maple at the scene. Now Maple faces charges of trespassing and interfering with arrest.


Maple was transported by Marion County Ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital and placed on a 96 hour observation.


This isn't Maple's first run-in with the law. Click here to read a previous story when he was arrested for a DUI and assault.

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