Father holds two children captive in SWAT standoff

Tony Olivares, 35, was charged with domestic violence after a SWAT standoff with police.

April 4, 2010 6:13:24 PM PDT
Police say a domestic dispute led to a SWAT standoff involving two young children in the city of South Houston. Investigators say a 12-year-old called for help just after midnight, saying his mother and father were fighting in their home on Avenue D. The man reportedly had a gun.

When police arrived, they spoke with the victim, the 31-year-old wife of the suspect. She stated she had been choked by her husband, Tony Olivares, 35, after she refused to give him her car keys.

Police say they tried making contact with Olivares who had locked himself inside the couple's home with their 10-year-old and two-month-old children.Olivares told police to get off of the property. Officers asked him to open the door, but the suspect became angry and proceeded to break out windows of the residence. Police say the suspect wielded a rifle and threatened to kill the officers.

Pasadena SWAT showed up and about and hour into the negotiations, Olivares released the 10-year-old to officers. Suspect surrendered to officers approximately 30 minutes later without incident, after requesting a cigarette.

Neither child was harmed during the incident. The weapons turned out to be pellet guns and were confiscated.

Olivares has been charged with domestic violence.


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