SWAT investigation ends with an arrest in Central Fresno

September 26, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A two-hour standoff ended peacefully after a wanted felon barricaded himself inside an apartment near a Fresno elementary school.

Ulises Montes, 29, barricaded himself inside a Central Fresno apartment Wednesday evening, after investigators spotted the fugitive. A SWAT team was called in because Montes was believed to be armed.

Lt. Michael Doyle said, "He was on several crime bulletins for some very violent crimes, he did have several felony warrants."

Montes was wanted for robbery, kidnapping, domestic violence, and making terrorist threats.

Fremont Elementary School was placed on modified lockdown. Students on campus for after school activities were rushed to the cafeteria for their own safety.

Negotiators were on scene trying to get the suspect to cooperate. After numerous failed attempts to get Montes to come out, helicopters hovered above the apartment, trying to locate Montes.

"He was able to get on top of the roof," Lt. Michael Doyle said. "When he was up on the roof, he was spotted by the helicopter, and kind of like the game is over, right there."

Investigators were able to get Montes down from the roof and into custody without incident. After searching the apartment, investigators found a loaded shotgun.

Montes now faces multiple felony charges, including being in possession of a firearm.


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