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Standoff in Westernport leads to arrest

October 26th, 2019 by WCBC Radio

A Garrett County man who allegedly barricaded himself inside a Westernport home as police tried to arrest him Friday was taken into custody after an hours-long standoff. The Cumberland Times News reports Thomas Bradley Upole Jr., 24, of Oakland, was being held at the Allegany County Detention Center late Friday and had not yet had a bond hearing. The Allegany County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that the standoff began about 11 a.m. as deputies attempted to serve six arrest warrants on Upole at a residence in the 400 block of Maryland Avenue. 

According to the release, authorities believed Upole was armed with a rifle.

Police negotiators were called to the scene and the Cumberland Police emergency response team also responded.

Upole willingly exited the residence about 5:45 p.m. and was taken into custody without further incident, police said.

He was served warrants from Maryland that included charges of violation of probation for possession of a controlled dangerous substance and failure to register as a sex offender. For Friday’s incident, he was charged with fourth-degree burglary, possession of a regulated firearm by a convicted felon and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon.

An acquaintance of Upole, Ashlyn Ann Havers, 18, was charged with obstructing and hindering. She was also jailed and awaiting a bond hearing Friday night.

Westernport Elementary School was placed on lock-in status during the incident.

Police agencies assisting with the incident included Maryland State Police, Garrett County Sheriff’s Office, Mineral County Sheriff’s Department and Allegany County EMS.

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