TAMPA — A woman going to claim her things from an apartment she had shared with a man was stabbed and held hostage four hours in a standoff with authorities on Tuesday.
Police said that two days earlier Tameka Lashawn Washington, 27, had moved out of the garage apartment she shared with Walter James Scott, 44, and came back with her sister Tuesday at 2 p.m., intending to pick up belongings and money.
When she knocked, Scott yanked her inside and slammed the door in the sister's face, said Laura McElroy, a police spokeswoman.
Washington's sister ran down the apartment's steps and called police on her cell phone.
"One girl ran down the stairs yelling 'I'm going to call somebody' but the other girl didn't come out," said Sarah Haywood, who lives across the street from 1007 1/2 E Lake Ave., where the standoff took place.
Scott has a history of domestic violence arrests involving Washington and other women, McElroy said.
Officers spoke with Scott at length through a crack in the door, which was barricaded with a couch.
He told them they were talking about their relationship, and he was going to release her, McElroy said.
When he didn't, tactical response officers and a hostage negotiator were called.
McElroy said they negotiated for hours with Scott.
Just when it seemed he'd surrender, Scott cut off communication with police, McElroy said.
"At that point they were worried about Washington's safety, so they broke down the door and entered the residence," she said.
Washington darted out of the bathroom toward the officers, bleeding from a stab wound to her back.
She was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where she was listed in fair condition Tuesday night, hospital officials said.
Scott was charged with aggravated battery and armed false imprisonment with domestic violence enhancements, police said. He has been arrested more than 40 times since 1984, records show.
He has been charged with battery at least 10 times but only one of his three stints in prison was for battery.
In 2006, Scott was sentenced to more than three years probation for child abuse.
Times researcher John Martin contributed to this report.