Police identify man arrested after early morning SWAT standoff


Thomas Yates

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Thomas Yates
Thomas Yates

UPDATE: (May 3, 2018)-- Thomas Yates pleaded guilty to domestic battery and all other charges were dismissed. He was sentenced to a year of probation.

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WANAMAKER, Ind. – The SWAT team breached a home on the southeast side early Friday morning after a standoff turned into a hostage situation.

According to IMPD, police took a man into custody and everyone inside the home was able to get out safely. Police said a 14-year-old boy called 911 around 2 a.m. to report a domestic disturbance and hostage situation at a home in the 8600 block of Southeastern Avenue.

The SWAT team was called in, and police negotiated with 38-year-old Thomas Yates for several hours. A woman and child were inside the home during those negotiations as police tried to get him to come out safely. Police said Yates kept stalling, saying he'd come out "in five minutes" without ever leaving the home.

Police obtained a warrant and forced their way into the home. Witnesses at the scene heard a bang and saw smoke coming from the home after police breached.

IMPD said the woman and children weren't hurt during the standoff.

Police said Yates, who had a protective order, did not surrender peacefully and fought against police. The woman told IMPD she was being held against her will.

Yates was arrested on multiple charges, including domestic battery.

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