SWAT knocks, but none home


Published: Friday, January 15, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 11:32 p.m.

A Gainesville man turned himself in to police at the station on false imprisonment charges Thursday afternoon after about 25 officers, including SWAT team members, spent several hours trying to coax him out of a mobile home they believed he was in.

Dedrick Owens, 35, was charged with one count each of battery, domestic battery by strangulation, kidnap, false imprisonment of a child under the age of 13 and obstruction of justice.

The incident started about 9:15 a.m. when Owens' girlfriend called police to report that she had been involved in a domestic violence situation with Owens in his home at Candlelight Mobile Home Park on Waldo Road at Northeast 12th Avenue, said Capt. Ed Book.

The woman was able to get out of the home and call police. Book said the best information police had at the time was that Owens was in the home.

Officers spent several hours at the mobile home park, evacuating part of it and calling to Owens on a bullhorn.

However, at it turns out, Owens was not in the home. Family members learned of the incident, contacted Owens and took him to GPD, Book said.

Book said GPD's response to the incident was warranted given the seriousness of the crime.

"We take domestic violence seriously. We have felony crimes. We are going to ensure the safety of folks around this area as well as the victim," Book said. "We would not want a felony domestic violence suspect to be able to revictimize the victim."

Contact Cindy Swirko at 374-5024 or swirkoc@gvillesun.com

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