SERT call to home in SE Portland ends safely

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by KGW Staff and Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on February 7, 2013 at 6:59 AM

Updated Thursday, Feb 7 at 10:30 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Police who initially responded to a report of an assault ended up using flash-bang grenades at a Southeast Portland home and arresting a 59-year-old man.

No one was injured in the Wednesday evening incident on 61st between Foster and Holgate.

Police spokesman Pete Simpson says a woman who hid in the basement was in cell phone contact with police during an hour-long standoff involving the man and officers outside the home.

The spokesman says the woman told police that her boyfriend had assaulted her daughter and that the man had access to a handgun.

Simpson says the adult daughter and a teen grandson escaped from the house and told police the man had a rifle and a handgun. Police outside the house could hear the man yelling that he was going to kill the woman.

Police decided on a hostage rescue operation after failed attempts to get the man to answer the phone.

They arrested Thomas S. Elia without incident and Simpson says he was not armed. Officers found a .22-caliber rifle in the man's vehicle but didn't find any guns in the house.

Elia was accused of fourth-degree assault and menacing.

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