AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – A case of mistaken identity may have led to a standoff at an apartment building in Aurora on Tuesday morning.
The incident started with a domestic violence call early in the morning and ended peacefully about 6 hours later.
Officers responding to the original call said they couldn’t find the suspect in the disturbance, so they left.
Then at some point they came back to the building on the 1900 block of North Clinton Street, near Del Mar Parkway, and someone in the apartment building told officers that the male suspect they were looking for was on the second floor. That person also told police the man had pointed a gun at them. That’s when the police barricade situation began and some people living nearby were evacuated as a precaution.
Officers said they knocked on the door on the second floor apartment and asked a man inside, identified as Gary James Revis, to get out but he wouldn’t. A SWAT team was called in and they, too, were unable to make contact. Authorities then called relatives of the person inside in an effort to communicate with the person.
“We continued to attempt to negotiate with the people in the apartment throughout the morning via loud speaker, telephone calls, however they refused to come out,” Chris Amsler with Aurora police said.
“He has had issues in the past before with the police. He had panicked,” said Donald Cobb, the grandfather of two children who were in the apartment along with two other children throughout the ordeal.
“He thought that he was going to be arrested and he didn’t want to go to jail and he barricaded himself inside the apartment at that point.”
Revis was eventually was brought out of the apartment by officers in handcuffs and placed in a police car. He was unharmed. Police said the man’s family convinced him to surrender.
“Of course someone is going to be scared to come out when a whole bunch of police were outside. My sister wasn’t held hostage, her children weren’t held hostage. Everyone is okay,” said Juantia Cobb, sister of the woman in the apartment along with the children.
The original domestic violence suspect, Anthony West, is still at large, police said.
Additional Information From Aurora Police
Anyone with information about West’s whereabouts are asked to call Aurora Police. West is a 37-year-old black male 5’8″ 186 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Tipster can also remain anonymous by calling Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-STOP. They may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.