A man and a woman were arrested Sunday morning after an hours-long refusal to leave a home following a domestic dispute.
No one was injured.
Around 4 am, MVPD officers responded to the 700 block of Hope Street for reports of a fight inside a home. When we arrived, the pair, who could be heard screaming inside the home, refused to come out, let alone speak with us. Neither the man nor the woman was allowed to be at the home at the time of the incident, and despite our efforts to encourage them to come out peacefully to speak with them, they refused.
Out of concern for safety for residents in the area, as well as for those inside the home, both our Crisis Negotiation Team and our SWAT team responded to the scene. A shelter-in-place was also issued for the immediate area, and residents were notified of the order through Nextdoor. For the next several hours, the teams worked to speak with the duo inside the home and to get them to come out of the house.
Around 9:30 am, more than five hours after we responded to the initial call, the man and woman agreed to come out peacefully. They were detained without incident, and the shelter-in-place was lifted.
The man has been identified as 40-year-old Samuel Rowles, and the woman has been identified as 33-year-old Elideth Rodriguez. Charges for both individuals are forthcoming.
By 11 am, MVPD officers had cleared the scene and Hope Street, which had been closed between Church Street and Yosemite Avenue, was reopened.
We want to thank our residents for their patience during this situation. We appreciate your understanding as we worked to resolve this incident quickly and peacefully.