Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Convicted Murderer Arrested after SWAT Standoff; He Faces Battery, Kidnapping and Weapons Charges in St. Johns County

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Convicted Murderer Arrested after SWAT Standoff; He Faces Battery, Kidnapping and Weapons Charges in St. Johns County

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Byline: Dan Scanlan

A 59-year-old felon once convicted of stabbing a teenage girl to death kept a SWAT team at bay for hours early Wednesday before tear gas forced him out of a Sidney Street home in St. Augustine, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

Herman Paul Solano, whose state Department of Corrections record shows him imprisoned five times since 1981, was rushed to UF Health Jacksonville with what appeared to be self-inflicted stab wounds suffered either before or after he barricaded himself inside the home a few blocks west of U.S. 1, the Sheriff's Office said.

Absentee-booked Wednesday morning into the St. Johns County jail, Solano has been charged with aggravated battery, kidnapping, three weapons offenses, two counts of burglary, cruelty toward a child and a violation of conditional release, according to jail records. When he is moved from the hospital to the jail, it will be without bond.

Deputies were called to the house just before 1 a.m. Wednesday on reports of a disturbance there. Solano barricaded himself inside when they arrived, said Sheriff's Office Cmdr. Chuck Mulligan.

"During the negotiations, he kept saying he had a hole in him. We did not know if that was a gunshot wound or something that came about during the domestic situation," Mulligan said. "... Concerned for his safety, that he had a hole in him and we didn't know what that meant and he didn't elaborate, the SWAT team gassed the house and he went to a door and he was secured."

The incident began about 12:45 a.m. with a 911 call to the Sheriff's Office from someone inside the home who said Solano forced his way in and had barricaded himself in a bedroom and was threatening to kill a woman, the Sheriff's Office said.

The man fired multiple gunshots near the woman's head and hit her in the face repeatedly with the pistol, the Sheriff's Office said. …

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