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Oct 31, 2012 12:27 AM by Andy Koen

Suspect prompts standoff by not answering phone

A stand off in Colorado Springs Tuesday evening ended with a man in custody, even though he was found a long way from the house that officers had surrounded.

The police used dogs, a robot, the SWAT team, and even a flash grenade to try and encourage 29-year-old Gregory Anderson to surrender. The problem is he wasn't home.  In fact, he said he had no idea they were even at his house.

The incident started at 4:03 p.m. when Anderson's landlord called the police to the home at 416 1/2 Iowa Avenue, which is near Boulder and Union. Anderson was behind on his rent and the landlord had come to deliver an eviction notice.

That's when Anderson allegedly pushed the landlord out of the way and went inside his apartment. Dispatchers cross-referenced Anderson's name and noticed that he was wanted for violating a restraining order. The landlord also told officers that Anderson was armed with a handgun and that there might be drugs inside.

No one ever saw him leave the house, and his motorcycle was still parked outside. So, when Anderson wouldn't answer the phone, or the door, the police escalated their force.

Sterling Earl lives in the house directly behind Anderson's. He said all of the police lights and the use of the flash grenade startled him and his 9 year old daughter. What bothered him the most was that he felt like he was being kept in the dark about why the cops were there.

"I feel like I've been treated like everybody else, just stay inside, we're not going to tell you anything, just have a good night's sleep and that doesn't sit well with me at all," Earl said.

Mike McBee owns Pit Road Racing along Boulder and Iowa. He wasn't to disturbed by police presence and just hoped no one would get hurt.

"We rolled up and saw the police and an ambulance up there and just kind of hanging out and watching the episode expire," McBee said.

Anderson eventually answered his phone and was taken into custody without incident. Officers met him along Circle Drive near Galley. No drugs were found in his home.

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