Saturday, March 09, 2002

FBI warrant leads to standoff at Fairfield apartment

By Howard Wilkinson,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FAIRFIELD — FBI agents and Fairfield police were negotiating with the occupants of an apartment on Ramey Lane early this morning after an attempt to serve a warrant Friday evening turned into a standoff.

        Residents of the three-story building at 101 Ramey Lane were kept out of their apartments as the building was surrounded by FBI agents and police who were trying to talk the occupants of the apartment into surrendering.

        Police would not say if the occupants were holding a hostage.

        FBI agents were apparently trying to serve a warrant in a bank robbery investigation when the standoff began about 5 p.m.

        Deborah Harlow, a resident who lives directly across from the apartment where the suspects were, said she does not know the people, but has seen two men and one woman coming in and out of the apartment in recent months.

        Ms. Harlow said she was tipped off by FBI agents late Friday afternoon that they would be coming to her building.

        “An agent called and said it might be a good idea not to come home after work,” said Ms. Harlow.

        As of 12:30 a.m., FBI agents were trying to negotiate with the occupants.


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