Home violence suspect in custody, girl and little one secure after SWAT standoff in west Houston
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – A domestic violence suspect is in custody and a woman and 6-year-old child are safe after a SWAT standoff Monday morning.
This was done in an apartment complex on the 15,300 block of Park Row Drive near Highway 6.
The Harris County Precinct 5 Constable office received a call about a welfare check around 1am after a woman received a text from her daughter stating that she had been attacked and was not allowed to leave her home.
The daughter’s family tried to contact her, but when they didn’t get a response, they called the policeman’s office.
When the deputy officers arrived, they could see movement and heard a TV that was later turned off to indicate someone was inside.
According to Larry Baimbridge, of the Houston Police Department’s Tactical Operations Division, officials discovered that the suspect, who is also the victim’s friend, had an open warrant for assault and kidnapping.
Knowing the situation could become volatile, the authorities tried to contact him through their PA system but received no response. Then they asked HPD’s SWAT team for help.
A 6 year old girl was in the apartment at the time.
Baimbridge said authorities broke the front door and sent a robot inside, which annoyed the suspect and asked him to call her.
After the negotiations he hung up. Baimbridge said her team went in and the man released the woman and child.
In addition to the open warrant, Baimbridge said the suspect may face additional charges.
Police say the suspect also told them that he had just been released from prison after 14 years.
If you or someone you love is exposed to domestic violence, call the Houston Area Women’s Center at (713) 528-2111. They can offer resources to help you get out of a bad situation.
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