BALTIMORE (WJZ) — After hours of negotiations, police safely take an armed man into custody following a barricade situation in Baltimore on Wednesday.
A flood of police officers surround a Morrell Park neighborhood after an attempt to serve an arrest warrant takes an unexpected turn.
“He had a baby in his hands or a young child in his hands indicated that he had a weapon and retreated back into the home at that point we used all precautions backed off and we called it a barricade,” said Baltimore Police Spokesperson T.J. Smith.
Police tell WJZ the suspect was wanted for second degree burglary out of Baltimore County.
By late afternoon Wednesday nearly 5 hours after being taken hostage the child was safely released, but the father still refused to surrender.
“He put the child on the ground and allowed offers to take the child,” said Baltimore Police Lt. Jarron Jackson. “He did imply and say that he had a weapons and went back into the house, but as soon as he went back in the house our negotiators got back on the phone with him and talked to him.”
In July, police resolved a standoff at a Burger King just about a mile from the Morrell Park neighborhood.
WJZ was on the scene as four hostages were safely released.
Police say the 35-year-old suspect was transported to an area hospital as a safety precaution. He will be identified once he’s formally charged.