SWAT standoff over: 1-year-old found safe and unharmed

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A SWAT standoff is now over in northwest Houston.

The man who police say held a 1-year-old baby girl hostage, Alphonso Martinez, 26, is now in police custody. The baby was found safe and unharmed, according to authorities.

Houston police say Martinez and his 22-year-old fiancee, who live together at The Reserve at White Oaks Apartments on Antoine near West Little York with their 1-year-old baby, started fighting around 1am. Police say Martinez threatened his fiancee with a gun and pistol whipped her. She escaped and called police, but was not able to take their daughter who was in her crib in a bedroom.

HPD says patrol officers tried to talk him into surrendering, but he refused. The SWAT team was called out around 4am. Police say they tried to talk to Martinez several times over the phone, but he refused to surrender.

HPD says the SWAT team made a forced entry into the home and took him into custody without incident.

Police say he'll be charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Police say the baby was checked out by paramedics and was fine. The mother was treated for minor injuries.