Iowa City standoff ends in arrest


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Neighbors of one East Side Iowa City neighborhood can now resting easier following the end of a 13-hour standoff.

No injuries resulted following the domestic disturbance turned standoff, according to a June 22 media release from the city of Iowa City.

Iowa City police arrested Troy Lee Perkins, 52, at his home, 2585 Bluffwood Lane, at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Perkins was arrested on three outstanding warrants long with assault charges while displaying a weapon and first-degree harassment.

During a 6 a.m. interview June 22, Iowa City Police Chief Sam Hargadine told The Daily Iowan two of the charges are a result of failing to appear for OWI charges. Hargadine arrived on scene shortly before the interview. Prior to the interview, law-enforcement officials, including Iowa City police Sgt. Vicki Lalla, declined to offer up-to-date information.

A 911 call was placed at approximately 7 p.m. June 21 from inside the home, Hargadine said.

More than a dozen Iowa City officers and a handful of Iowa City’s Special Response Team responded to the scene and secured the area while officials with the Crisis Negotiations Team kept contact with Perkins until he hung up around 1:30 a.m., the release said.

A 38-year-old female reported that Perkins had pointed a gun at her, threatened to kill her, and punched her before she was able to leave the residence, the release said. The victim is not a resident of the Bluffwood Lane home, but she was involved in a relationship with Perkins.

The street is located just off Rochester Avenue around two blocks from Regina Catholic Education Center, 2120 Rochester Ave., and the Hy-Vee Drugstore, 310 N. First Ave.

During the standoff, Rochester Avenue remained open to through traffic; however, access to neighboring Boyd Court and Bluffwood Lane were restricted to mainly law-enforcement vehicles.

During the interview, Hargadine said the dispute arose out of a “live-in love interest [with] a girlfriend who doesn’t live there.”

In all, he said the middle-age man was keeping his 8 year-old daughter and an 80-year-old elderly woman inside the home. The home is owned by the woman, who hasn’t been seen by her neighbors in years, Hargadine said.

Perkins severed communication with law-enforcement officials at approximately 1 a.m. June 22 after hours of phone communications. Hargadine said alcohol and drugs were believed to be a part of the equation.

Officers entered the residence to arrest Perkins at approximately 8 a.m. June 22, the release said. Neither Perkins nor the individuals inside the residence sustained injuries.

The woman who was involved with the incident but was not present in the home during the standoff, refused to speak with The Daily Iowan.

“He has a long history with law enforcement and has spent many years of his life incarcerated,” Hargardine said about Perkins.

He said if the situation involved just one individual, it would’ve been resolved in a more timely fashion.

“If there were not other people in there, we would’ve had more options,” he said. “We try to exercise care.”

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