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Police: Suspect who escaped SWAT team arrested

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Updated: 2/04 12:19 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police say a suspect in connection with a SWAT team search Sunday is now in custody. 

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, 21-year-old Michael K. Farrell was arrested on Center Avenue, near Interstate 10. 

Police said they received a tip that Farrell wanted to turn himself into police. 

According to JSO, Farrell and his father were engaged in an argument at his home on the 2200 block of Glen Gardner Drive, then Farrell barricaded himself inside the house.

Neighbors tell Action News that deputies went door-to-door making sure people left their homes during the height of the standoff.

"The cops were in my back yard and told us we had to leave our homes," said Deborah Franz.

Several blocks were taped off as the SWAT team rolled in its heavy machinery. Farrell's neighbors, Deborah and Fred Franz, said Farrell had just moved in to the neighborhood about a week ago.

"I heard people across the street yelling. They were in an argument. One guy was in his home and the other guy was out in the street calling the cops," said Franz.

According to JSO, Farrell pulled out a gun on his own father around 12:30 p.m. but when the SWAT team entered the house five hours later, Farrell was not inside.

It still unclear exactly when Farrell managed to escape or what sparked the fight between him and his father. According to the JSO, Farrell's father was not harmed.

Action News spoke to a man who claimed to be Farrell's grandfather. He said his son and grandson have had issues in the past.

Farrell is facing charges of aggravated assault and felony domestic battery by strangulation. 
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