Barricade situation sparks neighborhood lockdown

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PHOENIX – Police locked down a Phoenix neighborhood for a time when a pair of men barricaded themselves inside an apartment with a woman early Thursday morning.

It started at about 2:30 a.m. in the area of 21st Avenue and Camelback Road, coming to an end about three hours later when the suspect surrendered to police.

The initial call was regarding a woman screaming outside some apartments at the back of the complex.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found a woman who had been bitten in the face by a dog. That woman was with her boyfriend.

According to Sgt. Tommy Thompson of the Phoenix Police Department, the couple told officers that they had been drinking with some friends in one of the apartments when one of those friends sicked his dog, a pit bull, on the woman.

The couple also told police that a second woman, a 25-year-old, had been hit in the face by her boyfriend and then dragged back into the apartment.

Patrol officers tried to get the people inside the apartment to come out but they refused.

Police set up a perimeter and began trying to contact the suspect. He reportedly did not respond for quite some time.

Because early reports indicated that the woman had been held against her will, police on the scene took no chances.

Negotiators were finally able to talk the suspect out shortly before 6 a.m. Officers on the scene said the man was so intoxicated that they were unable to question him about what happened.

Police were talking to the other people who were inside the apartment. At this point, officers have not made any other arrests.

Thompson said the 25-year-old woman initially denied being assaulted although evidence indicated otherwise.

The condition of the woman who suffered the dog bite was not immediately available. No other injuries were reported.

Billy Eldridge, 55, was booked on an aggravated assault charge. Gilbert Barrs, 34, was booked on assault and domestic violence charges.

Thompson said three pit bull-mix dogs were turned over to Maricopa County Animal Care and Control.