Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

POLICE BRIEFING; SWAT Team Called in as Suspect Holes Up

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

POLICE BRIEFING; SWAT Team Called in as Suspect Holes Up

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Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer

A SWAT team call-out in the 4700 block of Reed Avenue resulted in the arrest Sunday of a 39-year-old Mandarin man on warrants for stalking and violating an injunction against domestic violence after he repeatedly called his ex-wife and threatened her, police said.

The man was served with an injunction June 2 to stay away from the woman, but he repeatedly called her Mandarin home and threatened her, police said.

He was arrested June 26 on charges of battery and violating that injunction; he again violated the injunction by parking in front of her home July 25, police said.

The new warrants were issued Aug. 29. Police learned the man was in a home on Reed Avenue and went there around 6 p.m. Sept. 6 to question him. When they knocked on the door, the man came to the window but refused to come out despite repeated requests.

The SWAT team was called in after learning the man might have a gun and bulletproof vest, and repeatedly tried to negotiate with him.

He still refused to come out, even after tear gas was lobbed into the home, police said.

The standoff ended around 2 a.m. Sunday when officers broke into the home, found the man under a mattress in the master bedroom and arrested him, police said.

Following are the crimes and other incidents reported recently in Mandarin and Northwest St. Johns County, according to the Jacksonville and St. Johns County sheriffs offices:


-- A 30-year-old Mandarin man was arrested Sept. 4 on a charge of possession of child pornography after Jacksonville detectives and a U.S. postal inspector found 25 pictures involving child pornography during a search of his home in the 11700 block of Heather Grove Lane, police said.

Police said their detectives were part of a joint operation with the post office that delivered a videotape ordered by the man that contained "certified child pornography," according to the police report. Armed with a federal search warrant, the officers searched the home and found several notebooks containing images of children engaged in sexual acts, police said. …

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