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Suspect in custody after standoff

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A three hour standoff ended peacefully Sunday morning at the Lakeside Nexus Apartments at 2501 Lakeside Parkway in Flower Mound.

Just after 4 a.m., residents reported hearing glass break, then seeing a man crawl into the townhouse through the broken window.

“When a nearby Flower Mound unit investigated, they saw a flashlight in use inside a townhome and someone looking outside the blinds at officers,” said Wess Griffin, Flower Mound Police Department’s Public Information Officer.

Griffin said the officers set up a perimeter since they did not know whether or not the townhome was occupied or if hostages were being held. They called in a regional task force that included a K-9 unit from Trophy Club.

Once those units arrived, negotiations began. The officers hurled a “throw phone” to the suspect so they could communicate with him but he did not respond, so the Flower Mound SWAT team was dispatched to the scene.

Jonathan Lee

The SWAT team took 19 year-old Jonathan Lee into custody after 8 a.m. after busting down a bedroom door on the third floor of the unit where he had barricaded himself.

 

Upon questioning, police determined that Lee resides at the townhome. He was arrested on drug charges.

Lee sustained minor injuries from the glass window he crawled through, but was otherwise uninjured.

The incident at the complex is not the first in recent weeks. Resident Laurie Bowden said that her apartment was broken into three weeks ago and she had been robbed of jewelry. “You could see where the front door had been crowbarred,” she said.

Below is the official police report:

Flower Mound Police were called to a burglary in progress at 4:15 a.m. today, Sunday, January 8, 2017 at The Nexus Lakeside, 2501 Lakeside Parkway in Flower Mound.  Witnesses reported hearing glass break, then seeing a male crawl into the townhouse through the broken window.  Responding officers were on scene in minutes and could see a flashlight shining through the second story windows from inside the home.

Not knowing if the home was occupied by residents or not, officers set a perimeter and began attempts to make contact with either a resident or the suspect.  After exhausting all methods of contact without success, the Flower Mound Special Weapons and Tactical Team made entry into the home at 8:01 a.m.

On the third floor of the home a bedroom door had been barricaded.  When SWAT was able to breach the obstacles they found a lone white male, later identified as Jonathan Lee, 19 years old, barricaded in the room.  After detaining Mr. Lee it was determined that he resides at the location.  Mr. Lee was arrested for felony possession of narcotics.  At this time it is still unknown why Mr. Lee broke into the home or why he refused to communicate with Police upon their initial arrival.

No one else was in the home at the time Mr. Lee broke in.  Mr. Lee sustained minor injuries from the glass window he crawled through, but was otherwise uninjured.   

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