Man arrested after barricading himself inside house

POSTED: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 2:56pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am

WACO -- The swat team had a busy night, trying to rescue a woman, after a known dangerous man barricaded himself inside her home.

This wasn't the first time Waco Police have been called out to the 1000 block of Adams.

Waco's public information officer, Patrick Swanton said, "he's a pretty violent offender. He'd been there before, he'd assaulted this girl before and threatened to kill her."

20-year old Herman Matthews was arrested just last week for burglary and assault and then last night, someone called 9-1-1 before hanging up.

The SWAT team was called out to the apartment complex because they knew Matthews had a violent history.

When SWAT teams arrived at the complex, the victim ran out the back door. Matthews ran out the front, not knowing police were out there waiting for him.

Matthews has broken a protection order four times before.

"Knowing he'd already assaulted her, knowing he'd already thumbed his nose at the judge's order and said he'd go over there whenever he felt like going over there. We knew we were dealing with a violent offender," said Swanton.

Kathy Reid with the Family Abuse Center says these situations happen far too often. "The rumor mill is that a protective order is just a piece of paper so what good does it do, but it's a very important tool for law enforcement."

That's because a protective order is the only way police can arrest abusers on the spot.

To find out more about the Family Abuse Center click here.


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