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Tallahassee Man Taken into Custody Following an Hours-long Stand-off

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Posted at 9:38 PM, Mar 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-13 08:07:51-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- Residents of The Lakes apartment complex on Airport Drive returned to their homes late Thursday evening, following a stand-off that took most of the afternoon.

K-9 units, dozens of Leon County Deputies and SWAT teams from both the city of Tallahassee and Leon County were on stand-by waiting for a man to surrender himself into custody.

Lieutenant Drzewiecki said the increase in police presence was just a precautionary measure in case the subject didn't cooperate.

"Based on some intelligence we received before we made contact, we decided to take extra precaution. You do see some extra deputies here and as you saw earlier swat team personnel to secure the location and to make sure that everybody is safe," said Lieutenant Drzewiecki.

After hours of negotiation deputies were able to take that subject into custody all thanks to a simple phone call.

Lieutenant Drzewiecki described the deputies' efforts. "After an hour or so on scene, we were able to make contact with the subject using a cell phone. We were able to start negotiating with the subject and explain to him that we're here to help him, that he wasn't in trouble and that we wanted everyone to come home safely. After a few hours of negotiation he agreed to surrender. We were able to take him into custody without anybody getting hurt."

Getting hurt is just one thing several residents of The Lakes are concerned about. One neighbor told ABC27 something like this was bound to happen.

Michael McConchie lives next door to the subject police were trying to take into custody. He explains the previous interactions he's had with the man in question. 

"A couple of times I have seen a young lady running from his unit screaming bloody murder 'help me, help me, stay away from me explicit, deletive.' I have witnessed him chase the girl a couple of times, as well as stand at the end of the street with his arms crossed pouty looking waiting for her to come back," said McConchie.

Because the court order is ex parte Leon County is not releasing the name of the subject or the nature of the court order.