April 14, 2013 in City, Idaho

In brief: Police arrest man after two-hour standoff

 

Coeur d’Alene police officers arrested a man following a two-hour standoff Saturday morning after he broke into a neighboring home and fought with the homeowner, police say.

The owner came home to the 4200 block of Abbey Road to find a man inside prior to 5:15 a.m., according to a Coeur d’Alene Police Department news release. Police say the suspect, later identified as William A. Velis, 22, flashed a gun during the fight and then ran to his home in the same area.

Officers called the SWAT team to the scene because Velis refused to communicate with authorities and a young child was reportedly inside the home. Authorities closed Atlas Road near Abbey during the standoff, the release said.

Velis eventually came outside and handed over his unharmed 2-year-old to his wife. Officers arrested Velis and booked him into Kootenai County Jail.

Coeur d’Alene police seek man for assault attempt

Coeur d’Alene authorities are looking for a man suspected of assaulting a teenager and trying to rape her Saturday morning, according to Coeur d’Alene police.

The 16-year-old girl told officers she was going for a morning jog when a man followed her on foot along the 1800 block of North 15th Street around 5:30 a.m. and attacked her, a news release said.

She ran to a nearby home where the homeowners let her in and called police. She had minor injuries, the release added.

Police used a K-9 unit and Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Air One helicopter to try to track the suspect but didn’t find him.

The victim described the man as white with red hair and a scruffy goatee, average height and weight, and wearing a Carhartt jacket. The man is possibly in his 20s or 30s.

Anyone with information on this crime should call Coeur d’Alene police at (208) 769-2320.


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