FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The suspect in a standoff at a hotel on Coliseum Boulevard has been arrested on felony domestic battery charges after barricading himself for hours.
Escorted by police, the suspect came out from Suburban Studios at 3330 W. Coliseum Blvd. shortly after 2:30 p.m., hours after Fort Wayne Police and a SWAT unit initially responded in heavy numbers around 9:11 a.m.
That morning, police were investigating reports that a man, later identified as 30-year-old Robert Even, attacked a woman at the hotel. FWPD later said in a release the woman had called police saying she’d been battered by her boyfriend, Even.
Police said in the release the victim met police outside the hotel when they arrived. Even, however, barricaded himself inside.
Several rooms around the scene of the battery were evacuated, police said.
The suspect refused to come out of his room voluntarily after police tried several times to get him to exit, according to the release. Police had been talking to the man via a loudspeaker and have been using sirens to get his attention.
The Emergency Services Team, Crisis Response Team, and the Air Support Unit were paged to assist with the incident. Officers were operating drones and had unmarked vehicles and trucks in the parking lot.
The release said a chemical agent was deployed and officers got into the room, placing Even in custody without incident.
Even is preliminarily charged with a felony county of strangulation, a felony count of domestic battery with a prior conviction, and a misdemeanor count of domestic battery.
The incident is still under investigation by FWPD and the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office.