LAS VEGAS -- One of the people involved in a barricade situation with a California murder suspect is talking about the ordeal. FBI agents, along with U.S. marshals, tracked 30-year-old William Gardner to a Las Vegas apartment Monday night.
The intense manhunt and a six hour standoff with local and federal agencies ended at the Camden Pointe Apartments early Tuesday morning. According to residents, the situation involving Gardner began days earlier.
The man who lives at the apartment unit said Gardner identified himself as Michael Alexander. The resident agreed to hire Gardner to paint over a mural in the apartment.
"He was here to paint the wall and wasn't staying here and was just a cat that we met. He was down on his luck, and we figured we could help him, and he could help us," the resident said. "I'm not a stranger to helping people, so he didn't look like a straggler, like he just really needed some help, and, well, we needed some help too."
The people who hired him admit they didn't know much about Gardner and assumed he was homeless, but the situation changed suddenly. One of the men barricaded inside the apartment said, at first, he didn't know what was going on.
"He just came in and said he was in trouble, you know what I mean?" the resident said. "He came in and locked the door, and I looked out the window and stuff and saw the marshals out there, and I figured it was something serious."
The resident asked to remain anonymous. He insists all four people inside the apartment, including a young child, could have left at anytime during the six hour barricade. The people said they weren't being held against their will.
"The dude was calm, cool and collected. He had well manners, and he didn't look like he was going to harm nobody - nothing like that, because he didn't harm us. He didn't have us hostage or nothing," the resident said.
While SWAT officers converged on the complex, Gardner made a call to CBS13 in Sacramento.
"Right now, there are different police. I don't know from how many different agencies. They are actually surrounding this area that I'm in. I can hear them through the walls, actually," William Gardner told CBS13.
Eventually, one of the barricaded men left the apartment, but the woman, Brittany Ulmer, was arrested and booked for obstructing an officer.
Gardner eventually came out of the apartment without incident. He is in the Clark County Detention Center waiting for a Thursday court hearing. He is wanted for the murder of his ex girlfriend Leslie Pinkston, who was gunned down in her car in California last month.
Court records show Gardner was released from jail days before the murder. His criminal history in California dates back to 2004. He was previously charged with domestic violence and making criminal threats.