U PDATE: The suspect has been identified as 36-year-old Michael Wills Dibiase. Dibiase was arrested on an outstanding parole revocation warrant. He was booked into the Randall County Jail for the warrant and for hindering apprehension.
One man is in custody after an hours long standoff with Amarillo Police Department, SWAT and APD negotiators.
According to APD, the incident began at 11:12 Wednesday night after officers received information that a man wanted for a parole violation was in the 3900 block of northwest 12th. APD said the suspect was reportedly inside the building where several business are located and was seen by an employee attempting to break through a wall between businesses.
APD attempted to make contact with the suspect however attempts were unsuccessful as officers learned the suspect may have access to weapons inside the building. Knowing the escalated danger of the situation, SWAT and APD negotiators were brought in to assist with the situation. APD also mobilized a remote control robot to make its way through the building in an attempt to locate the subject.
Hours later, at approximately 4:30 a.m. APD notified Amarillo residents to avoid the area as several streets were blocked off in the investigation. The building where APD believed the suspect was located was directly across from Amarillo Area Center for Advanced Learning so APD advised AACAL staff and students to avoid the area.
Thursday morning at approximately 5:10 a.m. SWAT entered the building using chemical agents in an attempt to force the suspect out of the building.
The suspect was found hiding under a pile of cardboard boxes and was taken into custody by APD. According to APD the suspect may have known someone who had access to the building which is how he was able to enter. APD said that suspect will be booked into the Randall County Jail.
At this time AACAL, businesses and streets in the area are closed as the investigation continues.