Barricade In Hanover
Early yesterday morning (1:00am), Anne Arundel County Police got a tip from Howard County that a possibly armed suspect might be enroute to his estranged wife’s house. The police ascertained that she was indeed ok.
A few hours later(3:00am), the woman called police to advise that her estranged husband was there and attempting to break into the home. She was able to flee but her female roomate was left inside. The woman advised that he was armed with a baseball bat and had threatened to burn down the house.
The police surrounded the property and after approximately 4 hours, the roomate was able to escape. Police shot tear gas into the residence and took the suspect into custody at 8:00am.
Mark McMillan, 51 of no fixed address was charged with 3rd degree Burglary, 1st and 2nd Degree Assault, Reckless Endangerment and False Imprisonment.
Kudos to the Anne Arundel County Police Department and to the inter-agency communications between Howard and Anne Arundel Counties!
The full text of the police department release is after the jump:
On January 28, 2010, at approximately 1:00 a.m., officers from the Western District responded to the 7100 block of Ohio Avenue in Hanover to check the well-being of a female at that location.
Howard County Police relayed information that a home invasion suspect in their jurisdiction could be en route to the aforementioned residence in Anne Arundel County and that the suspect could possibly be armed. Acting on the information received, officers arrived on scene and made contact with a 51-year-old female subject and checked the residence to assure that the suspect, the estranged husband of the victim, was not there.
At approximately 3:11 a.m., the female subject contacted police and stated that the suspect arrived at the residence and attempted to make a forced entry. Officers quickly made contact with
the 51-year-old female victim, who was able to flee, but her 48-year-old female roommate was still asleep inside. The female victim alerted officers that the suspect was making verbal threats
while in possession of a baseball bat inside the home. Additionally, she relayed that the suspect threatened to burn the house down. Consequently, officers established a perimeter and the Special Operations Section was contacted. The second female eventually exited the residence unharmed around 7:00 a.m.
At approximately 8:07 a.m., officers took the suspect into custody after deploying tear gas. The suspect was charged with 3rd degree Burglary, 1st and 2nd Degree Assault, Reckless Endangerment and False Imprisonment.