Man with machete arrested after 90-minute standoff with Lafayette police

Police said Robert Ray McGill was holding a machete and intimidated a woman and children inside.

Posted: Jul 2, 2019 2:28 PM
Updated: Jul 3, 2019 5:24 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A standoff with Lafayette police Tuesday afternoon ended with a man's arrest, according to Sgt. Mike Brown.

Lafayette police were called to a home near the intersection of Washington and Jefferson streets for a report of a domestic dispute. That's a few blocks southwest of Thomas Miller Elementary School.

Police said Robert Ray McGill, 38, was holding a machete and intimidated his wife and children inside. At one point, his wife and kids were able to get out and Brown said McGill then barricaded himself inside the home.

When LPD couldn't get him to come out, SWAT was called. Brown said McGill eventually left the house to smoke a cigarette. That's when police confronted him and he surrendered, Brown said.

The standoff lasted about 90 minutes, police said.

McGill is facing several preliminary charges including domestic battery with children present, intimidation with a deadly weapon and confinement.

Neighbors said they aren't surprised by the SWAT standoff.

 

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