Police and SWAT battle freezing temperatures, complicated building in a 12 hour standoff
Thu, 23 Jan 2014 23:25:40 GMT —
A 12 hour long standoff in NW Amarillo involving the Amarillo Police Department and SWAT team ended with one man in custody.
Michael Wills Dibiase, 36, was arrested on a parole violation warrant and a charge of hindering apprehension.
"He was found inside the building, hiding under a large stack of cardboard shipping boxes that were inside," said Sargent Brent Barbee, spokesperson for the APD.
The standoff started Wednesday night, when an individual inside of the building at 3914 NW 12th Ave. called to report a man that had broken through walls inside of the building.
SWAT officers used a K-9, remote controlled robots and chemical agents to aid in their search for the suspect.
Sgt. Barbee said this was one of the most complicated buildings he's seen SWAT officers search. He also said they took their time with the search because they had reason to believe the suspected could have been armed.
"There were offices that had false roofs inside. There were a large number of boxes and shipping containers. There was a lot of furniture, small roomsâ?¦everything in the world you can imagine in a large warehouse that's subdivided," Barbee said.
Ryan Rhoda, employee at Westwinds Wholesale said he didn't know what was going on when he got work.
"I came in at 7:30 this morning and I was driving down the street and I thought some kids maybe hit each other or something," Rhoda said. He said he pulled up to the area and saw the SWAT and APD cars.
"It's crazy. [This] never happens in this neighborhood," Rhoda said.