UPDATE | Lexington police find no one in house after four-hour standoff on Pennebaker Drive

meads@herald-leader.comJuly 22, 2013 

Lexington police blocked Pennybaker Drive in Lexington after a man barricaded himself in a house. A woman and children got out of the house when police arrived.

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A search was underway Monday night for a man who might have escaped during a four-hour standoff with police who had responded to reports of domestic violence at a house on Pennebaker Drive.

Police reopened the street just before 5 p.m. after they found out Delon Eugene Oliver, who supposedly had barricaded himself in a house, was not there.

About 30 police officers and members of the Lexington Fire Department were called to the scene about 1 p.m.

Police evacuated a woman and children from the house in the 1000 block of Pennebaker Drive, police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said.

The overall details of the situation were unclear, but it is possible police spent four hours in a standoff with an empty house.

Lt. Sam Murdock said it could not be determined whether the man, whose identity was not being released, was ever in the house while police were there.

A firearm was seen on the back porch before police attempted negotiations, so precautions were taken, Murdock said.

"We always try to take the safest approach," he said.

There was a strong belief the man was in the house based on what the family had told police, Murdock said.

Roberts originally said that the man was in the house when police arrived for the domestic violence call and that they had had contact with him. She could not be reached later for additional comment.

A robot sent in with a phone for negotiations did not locate anyone. The Emergency Response Unit then went in and found out no one was there.

Police don't think the suspect is armed or a danger to the public, Roberts said at the scene.

Roberts did say that there were outstanding warrants for Oliver from Jessamine County for robbery and assault.

Neighborhood residents gathered outside to see the standoff unfold. For them, the details were not as important as the inconvenience and panic the situation caused.

Katrina Ferguson said she came come to the block where her mother lives after hearing of the possibly dangerous situation.

"They let me slip through so I could get my mom and my grandbaby out," she said, referring to the barricades on the street. "I just came by to make sure they were OK."

This is unexpected to those who live in the neighborhood, Ferguson said.

"It's always been a little rough out here," she said. "But I guess this is a little bit of a wake-up call for everybody."

Morgan Eads: (859) 231-3335. Twitter: @heraldleader

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