Man arrested more than 40 times arrested again after SWAT standoff

Demont Forte
Demont Forte

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police closed off a street north of uptown and evacuated nearby homes Tuesday after a suspect barricaded himself into a home overnight.

The standoff ended about 8:20 a.m. Tuesday with the arrest of Demont Maurice Forte, 41.

Investigators said the standoff began at 10:27 p.m. Monday, when detectives came to a home in the 1900 block of St. Mark Street in search of Forte, who was wanted on outstanding warrants for felony breaking and entering, assault on a female, and communicating threats. The alleged incidents occurred on April 24, police said.

Detectives said Forte refused to come out of the home, so members of the SWAT team were summoned to negotiate a resolution.

Forte has been arrested more than 40 times, including for numerous violent and drug-related offenses, police said. He was also arrested on a murder charge in April 1992.

As a precaution, nearby residents were relocated.

Police did not report any injuries during the standoff.