Man Climbs Into Motel Rafters to Elude Police

By Shane Allen
|  Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011  |  Updated 5:00 PM CDT
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Man Climbs Into Motel Rafters to Elude Police

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Police searched for hours for the man.

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Members of Grand Prairie Police Department SWAT spent Wednesday morning looking for a man who ran from officers, and climbed into the rafters of a motel near Great Southwest and Jefferson.

Officers were trying to arrest the unidentified man on an undisclosed felony warrant when he ran from officers, and into his room at the La Hacienda Motel, where he was staying, Grand Prairie Police Department Lt. Heath Hardman said.

“He barricaded himself in a room, and is now in the rafters of the facility,” Hardman said about four hours into the search for the man. “Now that he’s in the rafters, he has access to other rooms in the facility.”

Officers evacuated about 30 people, including 10 children, from the motel.  Some of those people were bussed to a temporary shelter while officers searched room-by-room for the man.

Around noon—nearly five and a half hours into the search-- the man was finally found and escorted to an awaiting police car in handcuffs.

His name has not yet been released.

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