Stand Off with Police End Peacefully

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SUSPECT: Marcqueez R. Beal II, DOB: 3/22/88, B/M, 2216 East 23rd Avenue

CHARGES: Sexual Battery, False Imprisonment, Domestic Battery by Strangulation, additional charges pending

DETAILS: The Tampa Police Department's Fugitive Apprehension Unit and the US Marshals Office arrived at 2216 East Avenue at 10:50 a.m. to arrest the suspect for sexually battering, choking and holding his girlfriend against her will for eleven hours on Saturday, 2/18/12. The suspect barricaded himself inside the attic and claimed to be armed. The arrest team set up a perimeter and called in hostage negotiators and the Tactical Response Team (TRT).

The suspect called a childhood friend who arrived at the scene at the same time as the first hostage negotiator, Sgt. Mike Flynn. The friend turned over her cell phone to Sgt. Flynn who began negotiating the suspect's eventual surrender. During the next hour and a half, the suspect claimed to be armed, threatened to shoot police and to kill himself. Sgt. Flynn was able to convince the suspect to surrender peacefully. He directed him to exit the house through the open garage where TRT members ordered him to the ground. The suspect complied and was taken into custody without any further incident at 12:20 p.m.

On 2/18/12, the suspect picked up his girlfriend at work just before 3:00 a.m. When they arrived home at 2216 23rd Avenue, they began arguing. Beal sexually battered her, choked her and held her in the apartment for eleven hours. She managed to get a cell phone from a neighbor and called a family member. When the family member arrived, there was a confrontation between him and the suspect. During the confrontation, the victim and family member escaped from Beal and called police. TPD executed a search warrant at the apartment on Saturday and have been searching for Beal since Saturday.

Beal was out of jail on bond for hitting his girlfriend and her child in October of 2011.

Laura McElroy