Toledo police rush a Montrose Avenue home where they were alerted by K-9 unit to the presence of a suspect in an armed robbery. Police released a stun grenade prior to entering on Friday.
THE BLADE/JETTA FRASER
Police spent hours trying to coax a teenage shooting suspect out of a central city home on Friday, eventually sending a SWAT team in after him.
“This is your opportunity. Man up. . . . Come out. Hands way up,” Sgt. Kevin Braun said over a loudspeaker outside 1105 Montrose Ave.
Jaquan Faulkner, 17, who lives at the Montrose residence, is expected to face charges of delinquency in connection with aggravated robbery and of felonious assault, according to Toledo police Sgt. Joe Heffernan.
He was being held in the Lucas County Juvenile Detention Center pending a hearing on Monday.
The teen is believed to have solicited a ride from a couple Friday morning, offering to pay them $5 to take him to the Montrose and Waverly avenues area from an east side gas station.
Once in the 1100 block of Waverly, the teen allegedly put a handgun to the driver's head and first demanded a purse that belonged to the passenger, and other money, said police Sgt. Pete Lavey.
The driver, who was not identified by police on Friday, tried to speed off, but not before the suspect allegedly fired off a single round, hitting the man in his left arm.
The victim and his girlfriend ended up at Baron Steel and Waverly avenues where they called police just before 9:15 a.m. The victim was taken to a local hospital by ambulance.
Knowing that the suspect took off running on Waverly, police summoned one of the new canine units, and Charly took up the task of tracking the shooter.
The dog alerted authorities to the Montrose home. With other information from witnesses, police said they had cause to believe the suspect was in the home.
Assuming he was armed, negotiators were called to seek a peaceful resolution. “You have a small window to do this on your terms. … We are not leaving,” Sergeant Braun said.
Even with the suspect's mother and probation officer pleading over a loudspeaker for the teen to surrender, negotiations were unsuccessful.
Members of the SWAT team fired tear gas into the home, causing some commotion among the crowd gathered on a nearby front lawn.
“I don't want them to shoot him or nothing,” the teen's mother, Pamela Walker, said.
“He's so young,” another woman cried out after SWAT officers exploded a stun grenade and rushed the home.
After several minutes, the teen was subdued and brought outside.
The teen's uncle, Willie Walker, said his nephew is “a good kid, but the streets just got him all messed up.”