Portland Standoff ends up with suspect in custody
PORTLAND TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – On Wednesday afternoon, Sumner County MPs were alerted to be on the lookout for a gold Chevrolet Equinox operated by Fernando Mendoza. Mendoza was wanted on charges of a missing youth and no-show. The Equinox had been reported stolen in Alabama. It was reported that Mendoza was armed with a gun and stated that he would not go back to prison.
Shortly after midnight, a deputy spotted the described vehicle on the highway. 259 just outside of Portland. The vehicle’s license plate had been reported stolen from Franklin, Kentucky. The deputy initiated a traffic stop, but the vehicle fled and the chase was eventually stopped.
According to the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office, a vigilant MP spotted the golden Chevrolet Equinox in a driveway on Clubbs Road in Portland at around 9:30 this morning. The MPs knocked on the door and a woman finally went out and explained that Mendoza was in the house and had left a two year old child in the house. A perimeter was set up and the negotiators tried to contact Mendoza, but Mendoza did not respond. When MPs discovered that Mendoza had moved away from the child, a tactical team entered through a barricaded door and took the child to safety.
According to the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office, Mr. Mendoza continued to move around the house but refused to communicate with the negotiators. A chemical agent was introduced into the house, but Mendoza still refused to communicate. The tactical team eventually entered the house and found that Mendoza had removed the cover around the bathtub and then escaped into the crawl space of the trailer. With the help of K9 Jax, Mendoza was located under the residence and taken into custody unharmed.
Mendoza was taken to Sumner County Jail. Another kidnapping charge was brought against him. The deposit has not yet been set.
Sumner County’s Deputy Sheriff, Aaron Pickard, wanted to thank the Portland Police Department, Gallatin Police Department, Portland Animal Control, Sumner County EMS, and Sumner County EMA for their assistance in this incident.