Thursday, October 27, 2011

SWAT Standoff Over, Suspect Not Inside Home

By Matt Kroschel

Whitewater - After a five-hour standoff with a suspect whom sheriff's deputies believed was barricaded inside a Whitewater home, SWAT teams entered the home to find no one inside.

Mesa County authorities responded shortly after 4:30 PM on Tuesday afternoon. Officials received a domestic violence call for a home at 120 Whiting. The first deputies on the scene set up a perimeter around the home and the five-hour standoff began.

NewsChannel 5 spoke to family members of the suspect, who tell us his name is Robert Lambert. They say he has a long history of run-ins with the law.

At one point, a telephone was thrown into the home where they believed Lambert was hiding. Neighbors were allowed back into their homes around 9:15 PM. Lambert is on the run facing domestic violence charges.