LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A reported armed robbery at a Lafayette park leads to a police standoff Wednesday evening. A suspect is in custody and detectives are trying to put the pieces together.
"For something like this to happen is unusual," said Joseph Amick, a witness.
Amick said he sees Lafayette police officers drive through his neighborhood all the time. But he was alarmed when he saw several officers show up in his neighborhood Wednesday.
"One of the cops pulled me across the street and asked me if I had seen a dude down here running for his life," said Amick.
It turned out, the man they were searching for had allegedly robbed somebody at gunpoint at Armstrong Park. The park is just down Beck Lane from Amick.
Sergeant Jeromy Rainey said the victim of the robbery drove a couple blocks away and reported the incident a little after 6:00 p.m. He said that's when police set up a perimeter around several blocks, ranging from Beck Lane to 9th Street.
"Through some investigation and background of where they met initially and things like that, we were able to track him down to a particular house," said Rainey.
That house was located on Cambridge Road. That's where police could be seen with their guns drawn.
"And they all had their bullet proof vests, so you could tell that they were ready for a fight if that's what it came to," said Amick.
Police began to bring other people out of the home. The suspect was the last to get out. That was about an hour after the initial 911 call. He was handcuffed and escorted away to a squad car. Rainey said officers believe the suspect and victim of the robbery were acquaintances who met at a local gas station.
"They knew each other through the gas station and then met at Armstrong Park," said Rainey.
Rainey said the house was owned by the suspect's father. The name of the suspect has not been released yet, but he was able to get away with some money. Rainey said the victim was not injured.
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