Good Samaritan speaks after Tampa standoff

Tampa, Florida — Only on 10, it was an early morning act of heroism in Tampa, and it's something you don't hear of every day.

A neighbor helped a woman after police say she was attacked by her boyfriend.

Officers were called out early this morning to 14th Street and Republica de Cuba for a domestic dispute that escalated: a man locking himself in a house, not responding for hours.

After seven hours, the Tampa Police Tactical Response Team had to force their way in, to bring their man down.

"There was a girl, afraid, and she's got what appeared to be a broken arm," said Tracy Yarbrough who lives right next door to the house the TRT stormed into Sunday afternoon.

Police were called to the scene by Yarbrough around 6:30 a.m.

"I wanted it over with," he said. "It was a little frightening, but once the police showed up, I calmed down."

Yarbrough is a hero today, helping to bring in what police say is a violent man.

"He's been known to have firearms in the past and he's resisted arrest in the past," said Tampa Police Lt. Kevin Schoolmeesters.

He's talking about 41-year-old Alex Ray Crouse who has a long rap sheet.

After about six and a half hours when police didn't get a response from Crouse, "they entered the house," Schoolmeesters said.

Shortly after, Schoolmeesters said the team found Crouse hiding under a bed in the back room. They took him in without incident.

Neighbor Yvonne Garcia said she was forced to leave her home because of the standoff at close to nine Sunday morning.

"There could be some shots and that I should leave my house," Garcia said, recounting what police asked her to do at around 9 o'clock Sunday morning.

"I was traumatized when they first came up and hit the door," said neighbor Ernest Braxton. "I didn't know what was going on."

Now, splintered wood and a broken door frame are all that remain as evidence of the standoff next door to Yarbrough.

"Honestly, I'm just happy. I'm glad that hopefully this is going to be over with," he said.


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