Standoff Suspect Arrested

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A man allegedly barricaded with a machete was arrested after a four-hour-long standoff on the northeast side of Colorado Springs.

Police say the situation started just before 6 p.m. Friday when a man barged into a home on Surrey Lane armed with the machete. Responding officers were able to get the occupants out safely, then spent next couple of hours trying to negotiate with the suspect. When that failed, officers began using flash bangs to force the suspect out.

While trying to get the suspect to surrender, officers began their investigation and determined that "probable cause existed to believe the male committed a felony crime inside the residence." Police have not elaborated further on what they believe happened inside the house. They will confirm that the suspect and homeowners know each other.

Four hours into the standoff, police tossed a gas canister inside the home. Thirty seconds later, the suspect stumbled out. He was arrested on charges of first-degree burglary.

Police say the inside of the home sustained "significant:" damage while the suspect was inside.

The suspect has been identified as Nicholas Mireles.



 
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