Drones, robots and tear gas: a man arrested after 7 hours of confrontation in Stafford

STAFFORD, Va. (WRIC) — A man has been arrested after an overnight standoff with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office that ended with the deployment of drones, robots and tear gas.

At 11:00 p.m. on February 13, deputies received a domestic disturbance call at Garrison Woods Apartments in North Stafford County. There they found the caller, a woman who had managed to escape from her apartment and call the police after she, her child and her dog were attacked by Steven Obajolu, 30, of Fairfax County .

Obajolu and the woman had been arguing, and when the deputies arrived, he barricaded himself in the apartment.

As crisis negotiators contacted Obajolu, they discovered that he was wanted for violation of the sex offender registry and parole, both of which are felony charges.

According to Stafford Police, Obajolu did not want to leave the apartment and told officers he had a gun. Officers then used an armored truck to smash through the front door and smash the windows to deploy drones and robots into the home.

The suspect reportedly told officers he would not be returning to jail and threw the drones and robots out the window.

At 6 a.m., nearly seven hours after the clash began, officers deployed tear gas into the apartment. 20 minutes later, they deployed him again, forcing Obajolu, who then surrendered to sheriff’s deputies, to leave the apartment.

Obajolu was charged with unlawful entry, two counts of assault and battery, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and cruelty to animals, as well as warrants stemming from his previous charges. He is being held at Rappahannock Regional Prison.

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office also said it intends to charge Obajolu for damage to drones they deployed during the standoff.

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