Crime

Lexington man surrenders after barricading himself, daughter in bedroom

A man barricaded himself in a bedroom at these apartments on Meade Court early Thursday morning, holding his 3-year-old daughter and had a knife. Police later arrested Miguel Mesa, 25. The daughter was not injured.
A man barricaded himself in a bedroom at these apartments on Meade Court early Thursday morning, holding his 3-year-old daughter and had a knife. Police later arrested Miguel Mesa, 25. The daughter was not injured.

A Lexington man surrendered to police Thursday morning after briefly barricading himself with his 3-year-old daughter, officers said.

The child was not injured.

Police Lt. J.J. Lombardi said the man, who was armed with a knife at least part of the time, negotiated with officers for about 30 minutes at a Lexington apartment, keeping his daughter on his lap, before giving up.

Police said the man, identified as Miguel Mesa, 25, would be charged with endangering the welfare of a minor, second-degree assault and possession of drug paraphernalia.

About 8:30 a.m., when officers were summoned to the Double Tree Apartments on Meade Court they found that Mesa had barricaded himself in a bedroom at the rear of the apartment with a knife and was holding his daughter.

Mesa talked with officers and eventually came out to the living room, where he continued to hold the child on his lap until face-to-face negotiations with officers led to his surrender, Lombardi said.

Lombardi said there was a "butterfly" knife in the bedroom at least part of the time. It was not immediately clear whether Mesa kept the knife when he came out of the bedroom.

"The main complication was that he kept the 3-year-old on his lap, almost using her as a shield," Lombardi said. "This probably would have been a routine arrest had it not been for the child. We had to have her best interests at heart, so we had to take our time with this."

Lombardi said Mesa had been drinking and was distraught over the death of a close friend earlier this week.

That apparently boiled over into an argument between Mesa and his sister Thursday morning. Lombardi said Mesa then assaulted his sister, "demolished" the apartment and barricaded himself with his daughter.

The sister was treated at the scene for minor injuries, police said.

The child was placed with a close relative, according to Lombardi.

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