Conn. Fugitive Arrested in Fla. After Standoff

A home invasion suspect from Connecticut is in custody after being involved in a standoff with the Orange County SWAT Team Thursday.


ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. --

A home invasion suspect from Connecticut is in custody after being involved in a standoff with the Orange County SWAT Team Thursday, the sheriff's office told WFTV.

U.S. Marshals were trying to arrest the fugitive from Connecticut, but when he retreated into the attic of a home on the 1100 block of Rich Moor Circle, they called Orange County deputies for backup.

Officers said a number of homes in the area were evacuated for safety reasons as they attempted to lure the man out.

Sheriff's office armored vehicles rolled up on a home at the Rich Moor Villas off of Goldenrod Road. Deputies and U.S. Marshals said they were trying to reach home invasion suspect, 31-year-old Felix Pagan.

"They did break down the door. They burst the windows," said property owner Kimberly Campbell.

Campbell owns the duplex where the suspect retreated. She doesn't know the suspect, but said Pagan is her tenant's son. That tenant was just one of the people evacuated before deputies launched tear gas canisters through the roof of the duplex.

"For one person it's crazy. It was a lot of stuff going on," said resident Keysali Martinez.

After an hours-long standoff, members of Orange County's SWAT Team moved in to arrest the Pagan.

"We got another violent criminal off the street without anyone getting hurt," said Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings.

The sheriff's office could not say whether Pagan was armed. They were waiting for the tear gas to die down before they re-entered the house.

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