3 arrested after hours-long standoff in Providence

Providence Police Chief Hugh Clements (at right) discusses the hours-long standoff following an armed home invasion on Norwich Ave., alongside (from left) Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare and Mayor Jorge Elorza. Photo by Steve Klamkin WPRO News

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Providence police say three people are in custody following an overnight home invasion that led to an hours-long standoff and prompted an elementary school to stay closed.

Chief Hugh Clements says the armed suspects forced their way into the home just after 1 a.m. Tuesday and held a man, a woman and an 8-year-old boy hostage. But a 22-year-old man also in the home escaped through a window and called police.

Trained negotiators persuaded the suspects to release the woman at about 6:30 a.m., followed by the boy at around 8 a.m.

The suspects surrendered peacefully at about 9 a.m.

No names were released.

Clements said it’s possible the intruders were looking for drugs and targeted the wrong house.

The nearby Bailey Elementary School closed for the day.


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