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No one injured as Tampa gunman barricades himself in apartment

TAMPA — Police say they coaxed an armed man from his apartment Monday night after he threatened his neighbors at gunpoint.

Rubin A. Stroud, 32, was arrested on an aggravated assault charge. Police say he pointed a gun at two neighbors at the Falls of Tampa Bay apartments, 4610 N Armenia Ave., as they walked their dog before 9 p.m.

Police say Stroud, of Apt. 523, first approached the neighbors when they returned from shopping. He was in an outside hallway when they opened their apartment door, and their dog rushed out of the home.

Police say Stroud tried grabbing the dog, which led to a confrontation with the neighbors and Stroud going inside his home.

Shortly after, police say, Stroud followed his neighbors as they went outside to walk their dog and pointed an unknown long gun at them. He chambered a round and yelled a few expletives, police say.

No shots were fired.

Stroud went back into his apartment, and the neighbors called police.

Police surrounded his apartment, called Stroud's mother and eventually summoned the hostage negotiation team. About two hours later, an officer persuaded him to come with police.

Police said no one else was in his apartment.

No further information about the incident was available.

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No one injured as Tampa gunman barricades himself in apartment 05/25/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:42am]
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