“Right now, with no one in the house but him, time is on our side, so we are not going to rush in to try and do anything that is not necessary,” Whelan said before the standoff ended. “Hopefully, we can establish some contact with him and get him to come out peacefully.”
The standoff rattled neighbors who said that they live in a quiet neighborhood and never experienced anything like they did Monday.
Brittany Hobbs, a Nevada Street resident, said she took the suspect’s children to safety before they were taken back to their mother. Hobbs said the suspect’s son came running to her after he was let go and just clenched onto her and said, “Just hold me, my dad had the gun to my head saying he was going to shoot me.”
“It was very scary,” Hobbs said.
Meredith Trendel, who lives across the street from where the suspect had holed up, left work when she found out her three children, ages 20, 14 and 10, were in her home.
Trendel said she had been keeping in touch with her children via text messages and calls. She said when police arrived on the scene, they came in the house and told the kids to get in the basement and stay down.
Denton Avenue resident Ron Worman wasn’t home at the time the standoff began, but said he believed the suspect had broken into his home on the 600 block.
“He left a pair of pants laying on my kitchen floor — they’re still there,” Worman said.
He added that the suspect had kicked in the door, walked all through the house, knocking over a lamp and breaking a cabinet before he left the home. Worman added that he found a cross laying in his bed, believed to have been left there by the suspect.
— Staff Writer Gary Popp contributed to this report.