LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A man is in custody following a barricade and hostage situation that spanned two days in the southwest valley.
Metro Police say the original call came out at about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday morning for a report of a stolen vehicle in the 8000 block of Dean Martin Drive, near Blue Diamond Road.
Police encountered the suspect on a motorcycle in the area and a physical altercation ensued. Police say the man then reached for a gun in his vest that he was wearing.
Police identified the man on Friday as Antonio Barryedwards, 24.
After the man went for his gun, police say officers then disengaged and created space between them and the suspect. The suspect retreated into his apartment that was directly behind him.
At that point, police began treating the incident as a barricade. Police surrounded the hotel and evacuations had begun.
During evacuations, police approached the neighboring apartment to where Barryedwards retreated. As they got closer, they say a shot was fired in their direction from inside the neighboring apartment.
It was later revealed Barryedwards had used a hammer and a saw in his apartment to create an opening into the neighboring apartment. He was able to climb through that hole, and then ttook a female babysitter and 4-year-old boy hostage, according to police.
During the investigation, as officers realized a hostage situation had unfolded, SWAT was called to the scene and negotiations began with the suspect via a cell phone.
Police say Barryedwards clearly stated that the two hostages were not free to leave.
After about two and a half hours, negotiators were able to get Barryedwards to release the 4-year-old boy.
The bar manager next door told 8 News Now the police briefly brought the boy inside.
“That was shocking and obviously emotional to know that a child was being put through that,” said manager Stephanie Najera. “It’s just traumatizing to know that it’s like even in your parking lot.”
At around 1:30 p.m. Thursday, negotiators were able to get Barryedwards to release the babysitter, as well.
Twenty-nine hours after the situation began, police say they were able to get the suspect to peacefully surrender. They say the suspect walked out of the apartment with his hands up, at which point he was taken into custody.
LVMPD Deputy Chief Sasha Larkin says the de-escalation tactics used by Metro police and the SWAT team is what led to this peaceful ending.
“This is what these guys train for. There is a time where they need to use force and move quickly, but they also recognized this is one of those times we could slow down, communicate,” said Deputy Chief Larkin. “The subject was willing to communicate with us, and we used all of the negotiation tactics available to us to bring this to a peaceful resolution. It is all about the sanctity of life and de-escalation.”
The suspect faces the following charges:
- Assault with a deadly weapon
- Resisting with a deadly weapon
- Carrying a concealed weapon
- Stealing a vehicle
- Kidnapping (x2)
- Attempted murder on a police officer
Police say the investigation is still ongoing.
Police sources also tell 8 News Now the suspect could be involved in another homicide investigation in the valley.