Milwaukee north side standoff leaves neighbors stuck in homes for hours

Posted at 5:58 PM, Mar 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-11 19:02:54-04

MILWAUKEE -- A weekend standoff on Milwaukee's north side left neighbors stuck in their homes for hours.

It happened near 18th and Center and began Friday night and lasted until Saturday afternoon.

Families say early in the morning police gave the all clear; they’re relieved the standoff situation is over. Neighbors were out and about a day later.

A neighbor who lives across the street from the home police swarmed Saturday didn’t want to show her face on camera, she said being trapped inside for hours messed up her Saturday plans.

"When you're stuck in the house and you can't come out, it's like you're held hostage somewhere, you’re just stuck in," she said. "I missed my nieces Sweet 16 birthday, we couldn't get to it."

Most streets in the surrounding area were shut down for more than 24 hours as police were trying to get a 34-year-old suspect to surrender out of a home that's now boarded up.

Police say he was a part of a three-man group that kidnapped two victims injuring them both.

The man was inside with weapons, including an assault rifle. Police found him dead inside the home 21 hours after the standoff began.

Gloria cross says while she was inside her home she kept busy.

"It was just wild," Cross said.

Cross was scared but she's glad it's over with.

'I was safe, my kids were safe. We talked on the phone," Cross said.

This case is still under investigation. Greenfield police are the lead agency.

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