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February 13, 2014

Tit for tat after spat lands man in anger management

DANVERS — A Danvers man, angry that his wife had cut up his credit and debit cards, smashed out the windows of her car last November, he admitted in court yesterday.

John Mumbauer, 37, of 115 Ash St., which is across the street from the Danvers police station, will spend six months on probation and must attend anger management classes, a Salem District Court judge ordered yesterday.

Charges of malicious destruction of property and disorderly conduct were continued without a finding for six months, If Mumbauer complies with the conditions of his probation and stays out of further trouble, the charges will be dismissed, Salem District Court Judge Robert Brennan ordered.

Mumbauer, who at the time was already on probation for flipping off a Danvers police officer, leading to a pursuit into downtown Danvers, was arrested on Nov. 26 after being told someone was outside on Ash Street smashing a car’s windows.

They encountered Mumbauer, a Wal-Mart cashier, who said that he and his wife had been arguing over her dramatic method of curbing her husband’s spending, according to a police report.

He showed police the bat, saying, “Yeah, because she cut up my credit cards.”

The commotion had drawn onlookers, leading to the disorderly conduct charge.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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