A man wanted on an attempted murder charge was arrested yesterday after police said he barricaded himself inside a West Baltimore apartment, prompting heavily armed tactical officers to shut down the neighborhood for more than an hour.
The man was taken into custody about 8 a.m. and was seen struggling with officers, kicking a car and screaming as he was led to a transport wagon. Police also took another man, a woman and a child from the house, but they were released.
People who lived in the 2800 block of Gatehouse Drive and surrounding streets were told to stay in their homes, and others were evacuated as the standoff near the Forest Park Municipal Golf Course continued.
Officer Troy Harris, a city police spokesman, identified the suspect as Robert Looney, 30, who he said was being sought in connection with a shooting this year on Springfield Avenue, north of Waverly in North Baltimore.
Harris said police were trying to serve an arrest warrant at Looney's house. "He saw us coming, and he barricaded himself," Harris said, adding that the suspect was not armed and made no threats.
Harris said he did not know whether the man, who eventually surrendered, was related to the others in the house.
The incident disrupted a neighborhood, called Fairview Ride, as people were heading off to work and school.
"I just don't want my kids to see it," said Lakesha Griffin, a rehabilitation technician at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was readying her children for school when she was told not to leave.
She said she took photographs of the police from her window and e-mailed them to her boss to explain why she was late for work.
William Strickland, a contract worker for BGE, said he was working on Gatehouse Drive when police cars suddenly flooded the street.
"Twenty minutes later," Strickland said, "a SWAT team showed up with big guns, and they told us to move away to a safer distance."