Michael Robert Cecala Accused Of Assault And Then Brandishing a Hand Gun at Several Pioneer Park Enthusiasts

October 11, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

By: Donald Cyphers Investigative reporter

Syndicated by: Montana News

Billings Man Michael Robert Cecala was arrested and charged with (2) counts of Assault with a weapon, both charges are felonies.

The Billings Police Department were dispatched to a report of a man that was chasing another man in Pioneer Park with a gun, near the Virginia Lane area.

Billings Police Office Tanis was the first Officer that arrived on the scene.  Officer Tanis was waved down by (3) individuals, 2 males and 1 female who were near the tennis courts.  They informed Office Tanis that they were involved in the incident.

The victim told Office Tanis that he was in the park with his friends when a man with a red shirt came walking up to his group of friends.   None of the group knew who this person was.

 The man appeared to be distressed and looking for help.  D.P. stated to the group that he was being chased by a man with a gun.   

He pointed out Michael Robert Cecala out to the group of three.

Victim T.M. stated that he saw a white male wearing jeans and no shirt.  

T.M. noticed a shiny chrome type object in the waistband of his jeans.

The group of friends fled from the area and got into their vehicles but the victim D.P. was left standing in the open outside.

Michael Robert Cecala then walked straight up to victim D.P. and stated, " My name is Michael Cecala, and you can call the cops because I have something for you!"  

Michael Cecala then took the pistol from his waistband and puffed his chest out at victim T.M. in a challenging manner, then abruptly walked away from T.M.
T.M. described the gun as a chrome revolver, either a .357 or .44 gun kind of like "Dirty Harry type gun."

T.M. is a military Veteran and is very familiar with firearms.

T.M. stated that he felt threatened, feared for his life, and thought his life was in danger.

Billings Police Office Mansur also arrived on the scene and spoke with victim D.P. who stated that he had just got off the phone with his father and he was yelling out loud his frustration regarding the conversation that he had with his father.

He was not yelling at anyone in particular but in his anger, he punched a fence.   D.Pl. stated that Michale Cecala (later identified) approached him, position himself in a fighting stance,  told him he had "better square up."

Michael Robert Cecala immediately started to throw punches at D.P.   D.P. was able to block those punches.

D.P. in stated that in his defense, he threw a couple of punches back until he saw Michael Cecala pull a gun out from underneath his shirt from his crotch area and point it at him.  He stated that the gun as silver chrome with a black handle.  

D.P. felt that his life was being threatened and he took off running until he got past a group of people.  

D.P. stated that he saw the gunman (Michale Robert Cecala) threaten Victim, T.M. with the gun saying to T.M. that he had "something for him if he called 911."

Billings Police Officer Beechie was able to find the suspect Michael Robert Cecala.  Cecala denied having a gun but did have a bottle of Vodka with a black plastic cap tucked in his pants.  Officer swept the are for a gun but did not locate or find any gun at all.

Billings Police Officers did in fact, search the area but did not find any weapon described by the victims.  Cecala was detained without incident and taken to the Detention Center.
According to the Billings Police Ratings, the BPD Officers involved with this arrest can be trusted by the public.

Billings Police Officer Michael Beechie Badge #439  has a Rating (A)
Billings Police Officer Brad Mansur Badge #442  has a  Rating (A)
Billings Police Officer Philip Tanis Badge#435   has a Rating (A)

https://www.montanasnews.tv/single-post/2016/10/09/Billings-Police-Ratings

 

 

 

 

DOC ID# 2103484
NAME: Michael Cecala
CURRENT STATUS: CONDITIONAL RELEASE
LAST STATUS CHANGE: Wednesday, January 27, 2016
GENDER: Male
INFORMATION CURRENT AS OF: Friday, November 18, 2016
SUPERVISING OFFICE:
BILLINGS PROBATION AND PAROLE
2615 4th Ave. South
Billings, MT 59101
(406) 896-5400

 

PHYSICAL AND DEMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS

 

 

HAIR COLOR: Brown
EYE COLOR: Brown
HEIGHT: 5 FT 9 IN
WEIGHT: 170 lbs
BUILD: Medium

 

RACE: White
SKIN TONE: Medium
L/R HANDED: RIGHT

 

YEAR OF BIRTH: 1971
BIRTH PLACE: Utah
CITIZENSHIP: United States
MT RESIDENT: Y

 

AKAs

 

MICHAEL ROBERT CECALA, MICHEA CECALA, MIKE CECALA, MICHAEL R CECALA, MICHEAL ROBERT CECALA

 

SCARS, MARKS, TATTOOS AND OTHER PHYSICAL CONDITIONS

 

 

TYPE:

 

DESCRIPTION:

 

 

 

TYPE:Tattoos Abdomen

 

DESCRIPTION:Stomach - "Cecala"

 

 

TYPE:Tattoos Chest

 

DESCRIPTION:2 Jokers

 

 

TYPE:Tattoos Calf, Right

 

DESCRIPTION:"Law"

 

 

TYPE:Tattoos Calf, Left

 

DESCRIPTION:"Out"

 

 

TYPE:Tattoos Arm, Left Upper

 

DESCRIPTION:Woman

 

 

TYPE:Tattoos Forearm, Left

 

DESCRIPTION:Scorpion

 

 

TYPE:Tattoos Arm, Right Upper

 

DESCRIPTION:Dragon Skulls

 

 

TYPE:Tattoos Back

 

DESCRIPTION:Heart W/Sword; Japanese Coi; Roses; Castle

 

 

LEGAL RECORD

 

 

DOCKET: DC-08-070
COUNTY: GALLATIN COUNTY
JUDGE: BROWN
COUNTS: 1
LEGAL TYPE: PROBATION VIOLATION
SENTENCE TYPE: DOC COMMIT

 

OFFENSE: DUI-Excess Alc Conc-4th or Subseq Off
CODE: 618731
OFFENSE DATE: 3/22/2008
SENTENCE PRONOUNCED: 2/25/2015
NET SENTENCE (MONTHS): 36

 

 

DOCKET: DC-05-363
COUNTY: GALLATIN COUNTY
JUDGE: SALVAGNI
COUNTS: 1
LEGAL TYPE: PROBATION VIOLATION
SENTENCE TYPE: PRISON W/PARTIAL SUSPENDED

 

OFFENSE: Issuing a Bad Check
CODE: 456316
OFFENSE DATE: 8/1/2005
SENTENCE PRONOUNCED: 2/12/2007
NET SENTENCE (MONTHS): 36

This article was published by: Donald Cyphers Investigative reporter License# USPA-ID-US/VI-01/29995

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