Crime & Courts

Suspect surrenders after a nine-hour standoff in south Charlotte

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Police descended on a south Charlotte neighborhood on Thursday to arrest a suspect in connection with a violent crime and ended up in a nine-hour standoff before the suspect finally surrendered.

Police identified the suspect late Thursday as 37-year-old Luis Pineda-Ancheta.

Neither the suspect nor officers were hurt, police told reporters at the scene after the incident ended early Thursday evening.

The incident began at about 9:30 a.m. when Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers went to serve domestic-violence-related arrest warrants on the suspect at the Aurea Station apartments on Winter Oaks Lane, off Sharon Road West, police said.

The warrants involved a domestic assault that occurred on Tuesday, police said in a news release Thursday night. Charges from that incident included kidnapping, strangulation and assault on a female, according to the CMPD release.

In Thursday’s standoff, the man refused to leave the apartment and barricaded himself inside walls, police said at the Thursday night news conference. Police said they breached the apartment door at one point but couldn’t find the suspect. Officers searched for nine hours.

At 12:45 p.m., police said in a news release that “members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department SWAT Team are attempting to serve a warrant in the 8500 block of Sharon Road West. Please avoid the area at this time. “

Police, meanwhile, evacuated the complex and called in CATS buses to keep residents cool. The American Red Cross provided food for residents.

Aerial footage from a WSOC-TV helicopter showed police cars lining Sharonbrook Drive off Sharon Road West.

Dozens of police remained at the scene late Thursday afternoon, WBTV cameraman Ron Lee tweeted from near the scene.