Police surround neighborhood in search for theft suspectPosted: Updated:
GILBERT, Ariz. -- Police were in a standoff with a vehicle theft suspect at a home near Higley and Ray roads on Tuesday, according to Sgt. Jesse Sanger with the Gilbert Police Dept.
The standoff lasted for about two hours but in the end police did not get their man. He has been identified as 31-year-old Kevin Isom.
"Turns out nobody was there," said Sgt. Sanger. "Looks like he probably went out the back door when Chandler detectives first arrived."
Video from Chopper 3 showed police surrounding the neighborhood and the SWAT team, along with armored vehicles, in front of the home.
At one point during the standoff, a group of SWAT officers, protected by a shield, moved toward the front door of the home and threw an object at the home. It's unclear what was thrown.
Isom is accused of stealing a vehicle from a tow yard in Chandler, Ariz. Police believe that vehicle may belong to Isom.
It all started when Chandler detectives came to the home to talk to Isom about the stolen vehicle. Isom refused to talk to the officers.
The SWAT team sent in a robot and discovered Isom was gone.
Police said they've had contact with Isom in the past over concern that he might hurt himself. That is still a concern.
Police don't know where he is but are actively looking for him.
More information as it becomes available
Tow truck hauling away car that was allegedly stolen from the tow yard, which caused a SWAT situation in Gilbert pic.twitter.com/kmcUONlAsE— Amanda Goodman (@AGoodmanReports) June 3, 2014
Gilbert and @ChandlerPolice working a barricaded subject in neighborhood near Higley and Ray Roads. Please avoid the area if possible.— Gilbert Police Dept. (@GilbertPolice) June 3, 2014