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Boy, 3, rescued after hours-long standoff under I-275 overpass

The situation began when Matthew Perkins, 32, took the child after a domestic dispute and fled in a pickup truck.
 
St. Petersburg Police and a 32-year-old man were involved in a standoff for about four hours underneath Interstate I-275 and Gandy Boulevard.
St. Petersburg Police and a 32-year-old man were involved in a standoff for about four hours underneath Interstate I-275 and Gandy Boulevard. [ The St. Petersburg Police Department ]
Published Oct. 25, 2022|Updated Oct. 25, 2022

ST. PETERSBURG — A man fled a domestic dispute with a 3-year-old boy late Monday, leading to an hours-long standoff with the St. Petersburg Police Department under an Interstate 275 overpass.

Matthew Perkins, 32, is facing numerous charges after he crashed underneath the I-275 overpass on Gandy Boulevard and barricaded himself with the boy. The standoff ended after four hours with Perkins’ arrest and no injuries, according to a St. Petersburg police news release.

The situation began with a domestic dispute at a home in the 1900 block of Norfolk Street N when Perkins took the boy and fled in a pickup truck, St. Petersburg Police said in the news release. Using a Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office helicopter, police located Perkins on Gandy Boulevard.

Perkins then crashed the truck and became lodged under the Interstate 275 overpass on Gandy, police said. For four hours, Perkins would not negotiate, police said. The SWAT team deployed SPOT, a robotic dog, in an attempt to reach Perkins.

About 4:30 a.m. police grew concerned about the boy’s condition and moved in to get the him and Perkins, police said.

Police rescued the boy and took Perkins into custody without any injuries, police said.

Perkins faces a number of charges, police said, including false imprisonment, kidnapping and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Police did not say what relationship the child and Perkins had with one another, but said they are known to one another.

All lanes of Gandy were closed for several hours during the standoff.