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Abilene police standoff involving small child leads to arrest

Published On: Aug 24 2013 08:30:19 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 24 2013 08:30:50 PM CDT
Xavier Talamantez
ABILENE, Texas -

An Abilene man was arrested early Saturday morning after a SWAT team stand-off that lasted more than one hour and involved a small child.

Below is a press release from Officer George Spindler of the Abilene Police Department detailing the incident:

"This morning, August 24, 2013, at 2:22 a.m., Patrol Division officers with the Abilene Police Department (APD) responded to a disturbance in progress at a residence in the 500 block of Grape Street. A female calling party notified APD that she had been physically assaulted by her boyfriend at their residence and that after being assaulted, the boyfriend denied her access to their child, age 4. APD was also told that the boyfriend, identified as Xavier Talamantez (DOB: 07/04/88), was still inside the residence and in control of a rifle. Patrol Division officers contacted the calling party outside of her residence and then contacted Talamantez and began talking to him as he remained barricaded inside the residence with his child.

APD’s tactical unit was notified and responded to the scene, along with their negotiators. The team began arriving at about 3:36 a.m. Negotiations continued between Talamantez and officers until he made the decision to exit the residence at 5:01 a.m. and surrender. He was taken to the Law Enforcement Center for questioning.

The investigation revealed that the rifle was not discharged. The couple was living together at the residence and had gotten into a verbal altercation that escalated into physical violence. The victim sustained injuries consistent with the assault, including the allegation that she had been strangled. The victim refused medical attention at the scene. The child was not injured. Talamantez was arrested for two felony offenses: Assault (Family Violence) and Endangering a Child.

This case will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s office for their consideration of charges. More information may be released as the investigation allows."