RICHMOND -- An early morning standoff and search for a man suspected of armed robbery and carjacking ended without injury Monday.
A woman called police around midnight to report an armed man had robbed her and stolen her Toyota Camry as she was getting into her car after leaving a friend's house near the corner of Shane Drive and Birmingham Drive, police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said.
Around 15 minutes later, police received calls that her car had crashed into a street sign and was in the front yard of a home near the corner of Shane Drive and Hull Street. Abetkov said one of those calls came from the home where police later located the suspect, described as a male in his late 20s. Police believe the suspect knew the home's residents, including someone that stayed inside the home with the suspect during a standoff with officers.
When the suspect did not respond to calls to exit the home or speak with crisis negotiators, the SWAT team was called around 2:30 a.m. and a search warrant was obtained from a judge. The SWAT team arrived around 5 a.m., but the suspect fled before they entered the home. He was located a few blocks away on a small hillside and was taken into custody around 7 a.m., Abetkov said. No shots were fired during the incident.
Officials said the firearm believed to be used in the robbery and carjacking was located inside the home. An investigation is underway to determine if anyone else was involved in the crime. Two female residents were detained, questioned and released.
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