Standoff In Iowa City Ends, One Man in Custody

By Mark Carlson and Forrest Saunders, Reporters

Law enforcement officers work the scene of a standoff on Bluffwood Lane near the intersection of Rochester Ave. Friday, June 21, 2013 in Iowa City. The initial call to police was for a domestic disturbance. (Brian Ray/The Gazette-KCRG)

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By Katie Stinson

IOWA CITY, Iowa - A domestic dispute Friday night spiraled into an all-night standoff, lasting until early Saturday morning.

Iowa City Police said it started around 7 p.m. Friday , when they responded to 2585 Bluffwood Lane for a report of a man punching his girlfriend and threatening her with a gun.

"She was able to dial 911, and leave at that point," said Iowa City Police Chief Sam Hargadine.

For hours police tried to coax the male suspect out of the house to meet with officers face to face.

"He actually stopped talking to us on the cell phone about 1:15 [Saturday morning]. So, we tried bull horning. That was not successful," said Chief Hargadine.

After 13 hours of waiting, law enforcement took matters into their own hands. With guns drawn, they stormed the home around eight a.m. People who witnessed it said it was like something out of a TV show. "It's a real nice part of town, well-to-do homes. I said it's like ‘Breaking Bad.’ It's like the guy on ‘Breaking Bad’ out in the suburbs," said Tom Saeugling.

Inside the home, police found, 52-year-old Troy Lee Perkins, asleep. He was arrested on three outstanding warrants, plus charges of Assault While Displaying a Weapon and 1st Degree Harassment.

"It's my understanding this individual has spent a lot of his adult life in prison," said Chief Hargadine. "There was not much of an incentive for him to give up, because he knows probably what's in store."

Two others were inside the home during the standoff, an eight-year-old girl and an elderly woman. They weren't hurt and police don't believe they were being held as hostages.
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