Man taken into custody after hours-long standoff


Gainesville Police officers block off a section of NW 8th Street on Thursday, August 15, 2013 in Gainesville, Fla. A man fled into a home and barricaded himself inside. He later surrendered and was taken away in handcuffs.

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Published: Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 9:57 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 9:57 p.m.

An injured child at a hospital led to an hours-long standoff at a northwest Gainesville home Thursday when a man who Gainesville police wanted to question in connection with the child refused to come out of the house.

The man, whose name was not released, was taken into custody without incident after he eventually spoke to police on the phone, said Bruce Giles, a lieutenant with the Gainesville Police Department.

"We were investigating the abuse of a child. The individual who was at the residence fled inside the residence and became a barricaded subject," Giles said.

The incident started about 4:40 p.m. when the hospital called police to report suspicious injuries to a child. Police spoke with the child's mother a short time later, and then went to the home in the 1300 block of Northwest 8th Avenue.

Giles said the man is involved with the child's mother but is not the father of the child.

The man was washing his car when police arrived about 5:45 p.m. He ran into the house and would not come out. Giles said no one else was in the house and the man was not threatening anyone.

"He wasn't responsive. We tried the loudspeaker and we tried to make contact with him on the phone," Giles said. "We eventually made contact with him on the cellphone."

The man surrendered about 8:45 p.m. and was taken to the station for questioning, Giles said.

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