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Tampa standoff is ended without violence

TAMPA — Police arrested a 25-year-old Tampa man Monday after he barricaded himself inside a home in Sulphur Springs for nearly two hours.

Police say the situation began with a traffic stop. Officers patrolling the neighborhood saw a purple Pontiac whose driver they recognized from a 2007 home invasion. They believed there was a warrant for his arrest. They called an officer in a marked police car, who pulled over Ilyas Ali Jafar.

At first, all seemed calm, said police spokeswoman Andrea Davis. Then Jafar took off running, and darted into a home at 8515 Brooks St.

He refused to come out of the house. Hostage negotiators, the SWAT team and patrol officers arrived about 10:45 a.m.

Police contacted Jafar's mother and relatives, who rushed to help, Davis said. He still refused to leave the house, so officers went inside to find him hiding behind a washer and dryer. He was unarmed.

The woman who lives in the house was not home.

Jafar was taken to a Hillsborough County jail and booked on warrants alleging robbery, kidnapping, aggravated battery and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. Based on Monday's incident, he also faces charges of burglary and obstructing or opposing an officer.

According to jail records, he has been booked into the Orient Road Jail four times since 2004. Most recently, he was arrested in November 2006, accused of possession of cocaine and marijuana with intent to sell, records show.

Police cars, SUVs and a tank-like vehicle responded to the standoff.

Authorities said a full tactical response was justified because they didn't know if people were in danger inside the house.

Abbie VanSickle can be reached at vansickle@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3373.

Tampa standoff is ended without violence 03/17/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 18, 2008 1:38am]
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