LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — The man arrested after a nearly 6-1/2 hour standoff with Louisville Metro Police officers and its SWAT team appeared in front of a Jefferson County judge Monday to be arraigned on many charges.
Michael Via, 50, was arrested Sunday afternoon following the long standoff at an apartment complex in southwest Louisville.
Officers were called to Country Place Apartments, in the 9600 block of Lamborne Boulevard, just after 9 a.m. Sunday to investigate reports of a stolen vehicle. LMPD spokeswoman Alicia Smiley said the suspect in the investigation, a man who was wanted for an "outstanding warrant for several charges," refused to leave the apartment.
According to court documents, neighbors reported seeing Via driving a silver 2005 Dodge Magnum that did not belong to him. The vehicle was in the parking lot with a temporary tag placed where the license plate should have been. Via was inside an apartment but refused to come out.
After obtaining a search warrant, members of LMPD's SWAT team were called to the scene. They made contact with Via, who told officers the keys to the vehicle were inside the apartment.
Via was taken into custody peacefully shortly after 3 p.m., according to a WDRB News photojournalist who was at the scene.
Neighbors were told to stay inside as a precaution during the standoff.
"You don't expect SWAT to be at your apartment complex on a Sunday morning," said Kristina Petrusky, who lives at the apartment complex.
"... I was worried. I mean, they had the SWAT truck out with the with the (battering) ram — were they going to have to go into the building? They had K-9s out. They had snipers out. It was scary, that's for sure, especially with three kids. And they're watching from the bedroom window."
When officers took Via into custody, they discovered several warrants for his arrest on other unrelated charges.
Via is charged with receiving stolen property and obscuring the identity of a machine. His previous charges include rape, sodomy, and voyeurism.
Via is being held at Metro Corrections on a $25,000 bond. He'll be back in court Feb. 28.
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