Police Storm House, Arrest Man After Standoff
Police said Joe Hawkins had a handgun when he broke into his ex-girlfriend's house about 8:00 a.m. She escaped and called 911. Police blocked off the area and tried to talk Hawkins into surrendering.
When Francis Clerc heard about the standoff, he worried about other neighbors.
"The police had told me to stay back in the house right away," he said. "And then I got concerned about my neighbors. I'm always worried about them."
Police used tear gas, but could not force Hawkins out of the house. So, the Special Tactics and Response Team stormed the house about 12:00 p.m., using flashbangs to shatter its back windows.
"I went straight to the window and I said, 'Wow, there's cops outside your window, a lot of cops, with guns drawn,'" said neighbor Jeremy Backus.
Meanwhile, police kept neighbors out of nearby homes.
"As they brought us out and we were standing by the police station, the SWAT team pull up and then really, a lot of cops were out here," Backus added.
Police found hawkins hiding inside and they arrested him. Clerc says today shows why it's important to keep watch over his neighborhood.
"You get worried, you know, you stand guard, you don't let off your guard," explained Clerc.
Police said prosecutors previously have charged Hawkins with assault and weapons possession.
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