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PHOENIX -- A suspected burglar who took refuge in his girlfriend's apartment for several hours Monday surrendered to Phoenix police.
Police say it all started shortly after 10 a.m. Monday when Brock Newmen Herrington, 21, reportedly broke into a home owned by a police officer near 75th Avenue and Union Hills Drive. Police say the officer's wife was home at the time and startled the suspect. That’s when he ran out the front door, just as the officer was arriving home.
Sgt. Trent Crump said the officer began pursuing Herrington and called for backup. Police say the suspect led officers on a 30- to 40-minute-long pursuit before he pulled into an apartment complex near 19th Avenue and Bell Road and ran into his girlfriend’s place, refusing to come out.
Initially, police believed the woman inside was a suspect, but it later became clear that she remained by choice. Crump said Herrington was armed with a handgun and was threatening to kill himself if his girlfriend left or officers came in.
Police spent about five hours negotiating with the couple. Shortly after 3 p.m. the woman emerged unharmed and an hour later the suspect peacefully surrendered.
According to court documents, Herrington told police that he broke into the house to steal property and money in order to buy more heroin.
He is a convicted felon on probation and is prohibited from carrying a weapon.
Herrington faces multiple felony counts including those stemming from the armed burglary and felony flight.