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Man quietly ends 3-hour standoff.

Byline: Scott J. Croteau

WORCESTER -- A three-hour standoff with a man who allegedly assaulted his pregnant girlfriend in a Cargill Avenue apartment ended peacefully when he gave himself up to a swarm of heavily armed police officers.

The Worcester police SWAT team converged on 25 Cargill Ave. about noon Wednesday after the man barricaded a door to a second-floor apartment and threatened to harm himself. Three hours earlier, officers had gone to the address on a report of a domestic assault.

The man was alone by the time police began negotiating with him. Police were unsure if he had a weapon.

About 45 minutes after the SWAT team arrived, the man emerged from the apartment.

Police have not publicly identified the man.

After he was taken into custody, the man was taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation, police said. He apparently had some history of mental illness, according to police officials.

Cargill Avenue was closed as SWAT team members gathered in front of the apartment building. Curious neighbors made their way to the street, some taking pictures and video on their phones.

Police initially went to the apartment because the man allegedly struck his girlfriend. The woman, who had a baby with her, was apparently able to get out of the apartment before the man barricaded himself inside.

Contact Scott J. Croteau at scott.croteau@telegram.com. Follow him on Twitter @ScottCroteauTG

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Author:Croteau, Scott J.
Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Dec 18, 2014
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