Man barricaded in apartment taken into custody
TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A man believed to be facing a mental health crisis has been taken into custody after barricading himself in his apartment.
Topeka Police were called to the area after a man slashed multiple cars' tires in the parking lot. Lt. Manuel Munoz says before they arrived residents confronted the man and he pulled a knife on them, before retreating into his apartment.
The suspect, identified as 29-year-old Taylor Reynolds, then barricaded himself inside for several hours before police used tear gas to draw him out to the apartment’s balcony. He then came out holding two large knives, with two swords attached to his pants.
Police were able to negotiate to get the suspect to lay down his weapons and take him into custody with no incident.
Sept. 16, 4:30 p.m.
Man facing mental health crisis barricaded inside apartment in SW Topeka
The Topeka Police Department is trying to negotiate with a man believed to be in a mental health crisis barricaded in his apartment.
The Topeka Police Department says it responded to calls shortly after 1 p.m. of a man damaging cars in an apartment parking lot.
Officer Manuel Munoz said owners of the cars being damaged confronted the man when he then threatened them with a knife and retreated to his apartment.
Officer Munoz said it is believed that the man is in a mental health crisis.
According to officers, at one point the man came outside of his apartment, lit something on fire and threw it into the hallway. Officers said they were quickly able to extinguish the fire.
Officer Munoz said apartments in the building have been evacuated while officers try to make contact with the man.
Officer Munoz said TPD has even tried making contact with the man through the use of social media. He said officers use anything they can to try and make contact with a subject, including information on social media.
While TPD said it will use its time to its advantage, it is hoping to get residents back in their apartments soon.
Sept. 16, 2:38 p.m.
Man barricaded inside an apartment in SW Topeka
The Topeka Police Department is negotiating with a man who barricaded himself inside an apartment in SW Topeka.
According to TPD, officers were called to the 5800 block of SW Candletree Drive, Wednesday afternoon after someone called 911 to report a man was damaging vehicles in the complex parking lot. The suspect allegedly slashed tires in the lot.
When officers tried to make contact with him, he ran into the apartment and is refusing to come out.
This is a developing story. We’ll have more as it becomes available.
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