15 Hour Standoff Ends After Man Found in TV Cabinet By Robot

Posted: May 12, 2015 in Culture

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Albuquerque police SWAT unit spent much of Mother’s Day looking for a man who barricaded himself inside a house in the 1800 block of Hiawatha NE after police responded to a domestic violence call.

The standoff — during which police lobbed flash-bang devices, dispersed tear gas and used a robot to search the house — ended shortly after dark when a piece of heavy equipment dumped the suspect out of an old television cabinet, where he had been hiding, police said.

The suspect, who had not been identified by police late Sunday, spent more than 15 hours inside the house, refusing to respond to more than 200 phone calls, more than 100 text messages and constant calls over a public address system, said police officer Simon Drobik, an APD spokesman.

After responding to a domestic violence call near Tramway and Central at 4:30 a.m. Sunday, police learned the man had gone to the house on Hiawatha Court.

Police were seen escorting a shirtless man from the residence about 1 p.m., and Drobik later said that man was wanted on a felony probation violation.

The man inside the television cabinet is facing a felony domestic violence charge and other charges, Drobik said.

He said the police department is thankful to “all the neighbors and citizens in the area who showed patience and restraint” during the lengthy standoff.

Source: [abqjournal]

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