Burglary call leads to SWAT standoff in Pearland

Police say two burglary suspects are in custody, suspected of breaking into three homes in Pearland.

August 5, 2013 9:12:33 AM PDT
A five-hour SWAT standoff in Pearland took a bizarre twist, when police say the man hiding under blankets turned out to be a resident, and not a burglary suspect after all.

Police say neighbors called 911 around 7:30pm Sunday to report two separate burglaries on the same street, in the 3800 block of Lake Drive. The caller believed a suspect was bleeding.

Pearland police officers arrived and spotted a suspicious vehicle parked in the driveway of a home. A passenger door was open and there was also blood next to the open door of the vehicle on the driveway.

Officers found a back gate open and spotted a man inside the house. They say he looked at them, then went into a bedroom and hid under the blankets on a bed.

"He did retreat in the house," said Lt. Chad Randall with the Pearland Police Department. "There was actually a weapon visible from the outside that he was actually close to."

The man refused officers' commands to come out of the house and a SWAT team was called to the scene.

As officers tried to order the first suspect from the home, a neighbor pointed out a possible suspect running in the neighborhood. The male, who was bleeding from minor scratches, was detained. He was later taken to SE Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries. The man would not talk to officers and they say he appeared possibly intoxicated. He was later identified as Armani Man Prescott-Trujillo, 24. He was charged with two counts of burglary of a habitation.

Police say the man inside the house surrendered peacefully around 1:30am and was held for questioning. They eventually learned he was a resident of the house.

The case is still under investigation and additional charges may be filed.

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