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Neighbors aren't surprised about a SWAT standoff in their neighborhood

Neighbors are calling it the usual after a man was arrested for intimidating his wife and kids with a machete.

Posted: Jul 2, 2019 7:34 PM
Updated: Jul 3, 2019 5:18 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Neighbors are calling it usual after a man was arrested for intimidating his wife and kids with a machetePolice said Robert McGill's wife and kids are going to be okay.

Lafayette police and SWAT were called to the intersection of Washington and Jefferson Streets around 1:20 p.m. Tuesday.

Police said the call began as a domestic battery report. The standoff with the 38-year-old only lasted 90 minutes, but it had neighbors feeling uneasy. They said it's unsettling, unnerving and upsetting.

Neighbors who witnessed the situation feel it's time for this to stop in their community.

"This is our neighborhood! C'mon now," said longtime neighbor, Ophelia Watkins. 

"Put the ones that's doing the problem in jail and let the police do their job," said neighbor Dianna Freels. "That's what I say."

Freels said it's disheartening to see police go up and down her street. She's lived in the same home in the same neighborhood near Washington and Jefferson streets for more than 25 years.

"Don't live here," said Freels.

Sgt. Mike Brown said do not let incidents like this cloud your judgment.

"I wouldn't call it fair to paint the neighborhood for a domestic," said Brown. "Domestics are individual family issues."

Police said McGill barricaded himself into the home. His wife and kids were not in the home at that time. 

When LPD couldn't get him to come out, SWAT was called. Brown said McGill eventually left the house to smoke a cigarette.

"The timing was perfect and they confronted him on the front porch and he surrendered," said Brown.

Watkins witnessed it across the street.

"Probably in the last five years we have had this type of behavior from people who don't belong in our neighborhood," said Watkins.

Now this what she and neighbor Cherelle Cottrell believe.

"Now look at the neighborhood," said Watkins.

"Man it's not that bad," said Cottrell.

"It's not that good either," said Watkins.

"Kids don't really come out as much a they used to," said Cottrell. "You don't see kids on the block as much."

This is the simple message for neighbors to help one another.

"Neighborhood watch," said Watkins. "See something, say something."

"See something, say something," said Cottrell. "That's what I do."

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

A mugshot was not immediately available from the Tippecanoe County Jail. 

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