- Associated Press - Thursday, May 10, 2018

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) - Authorities say a man tried to cut his way through the walls and ceiling of a hotel room where he had barricaded himself while a SWAT team waited outside.

The Wichita Eagle reports that the standoff began Tuesday night in Garden City after officers found a car that 23-year-old Austin Roth was suspected of stealing.

Police said in a news release that he also called 911 to report shots fired calls elsewhere, in an attempt to draw officers away from the hotel. He surrendered about 2½ hours after negotiations began and was booked into jail on suspicion of theft, interference with a law enforcement officer, falsely reporting a crime, criminal damage and possession of drug paraphernalia.

There was an estimated $1,000 of damage to the hotel room.


Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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