Homewood man held after standoff |

Homewood man held after standoff

Pittsburgh SWAT officers arrested a Homewood man Sunday after a 4 1/2-hour standoff with police.

Emmit Reese, 45, who had an outstanding warrant for robbery, was wanted for attacking his girlfriend in a hospital room at UPMC Shadyside earlier in the week, authorities said.

The standoff began about 7:30 a.m. when Allegheny County sheriff’s detectives showed up to arrest Reese in the 1000 block of Blackadore Avenue in Homewood, Pittsburgh Commander Scott Schubert said.

Reese fled into the Blackadore residence after sheriff’s deputies spotted him in front of the apartment, police said.

Reese surrendered on the third floor just before noon without a struggle, Schubert said. More than a dozen SWAT officers were inside and around the house when Reese was arrested.

“He did come out and he said he didn’t know we were there,” Schubert said.

Police announced multiple times over speakers they were at the home and asked Reese to come out.

Police said Reese attacked his girlfriend Tuesday inside UPMC Shadyside and left before security responded. He returned Thursday to the hospital but was confronted by security manager Joseph Rotter. Reese showed a gun and ran, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The hospital requested extra security Friday for the girlfriend and hospital staff, the Sheriff’s Office said. The detectives tracked Reese to the Blackadore apartment yesterday morning.

Schubert said Reese will face charges for the hospital attack.

Police evacuated part of the neighborhood during the standoff.

Reese has a criminal background that includes guilty pleas to drug charges, driving unregistered vehicles, identity theft and access device fraud, according to court records. A woman filed for a protection-from-abuse order against him in January 2001.

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