Armed Standoff With Police Ends Peacefully

LORAIN, Ohio (AP) - A nearly 29-hour armed standoff ended peacefully Wednesday when a burglary suspect surrendered to police and his three young children and girlfriend emerged unharmed.

There were no reports of gunfire or injuries in the standoff in a residential neighborhood in this blue-collar city 30 miles west of Cleveland. The neighborhood was cordoned off by police.

Police Lt. Rich Resendez said Jeremy Mack, 26, agreed to surrender after getting concerned about his children in the house, where the utilities had been shut off when the standoff began.

Mack was taken to a hospital to be checked and the children and his 18-year-old girlfriend where checked at another hospital.

Resendez said that Mack would face charges from the standoff, but he didn't specify them.

Officers arrived about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday to arrest Mack on a warrant in a Dec. 9 burglary. Neighbors said Mack yelled that he wasn't going to jail.

Resendez said that police didn't want to storm the house because of concern for the children ages 4, 5 and 6.

Mack served time for a 2000 drug conviction, according to court records. His brother, Jason, also of Lorain, was arrested on the same warrant while walking through the neighborhood during the standoff.

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