SWAT team arrests armed man who wanted to ‘go viral’

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A man who claimed he wanted to “go viral” is in custody after an hours-long standoff with the SWAT team and several other law enforcement agencies.

Police say this isn’t the first time officers have been called to his home for a disturbance.

It all started at six in the morning when the suspect called a local tv station with a threatening message.

“He told them he was going to execute his American rights and go viral today,” said Montgomery County Sheriff Chief Deputy Rob Streck.

“He was going to grab weaponry, get on the roof, start some fires, and some things like that,”

SWAT team and local police officers immediately responded to the man’s Perry Township home on Wolf Creek Pike.

They spotted him on the roof, with a weapon, going in and out of upstairs windows.

“We’ve been at this several hours,” Streck said. “So it’s been a lot of dialogue with him coming in and out of the house through windows. “

The hostage negotiation team and SWATteam members managed to talk the suspect off the roof and into police custody.

“In the end, he jumped out of a second floor window onto the roof then jumped down to the ground and then was approached by the reaction team, waiting,” Streck explained.

However, that wasn’t the end of it.

“Once he came out, we were notified that he did attempt to booby-trap the house,” Streck said. “Devices that may start a fire, if certain doors were entered. using candles and ropes, and things like that.”

Police say the suspect is known to officers.

“We have a history with this gentleman,” Streck said. “Some violence was done throughout the area with this gentleman so based on that we did start a SWAT call out.”

The man had just been released from the county jail on home detention.

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