Police ended a tense standoff in North Richland Hills on Monday after an alleged home intruder barricaded himself inside the residence and refused to cooperate for several hours.
North Richland Hills Police Department officers arrested a man accused of burglary after an extended stalemate. In addition to the NRHPD personnel, the Drone Unit and Southlake Police’s K-9 team were also dispatched to the scene on July 25.
The homeowner called police after witnessing a trespasser enter their house through a video home security system.
The police department explained in a press release that after several hours of failed negotiations, “Southlake Police K-9 and an NRHPD team entered the house and ultimately had to use the taser to take the man into custody.”
The suspect was being held at the North Richland Hills Joint Detention Facility as of July 25, but his name and picture will not be released until he could meet with the judge.
Authorities alleged that the man found breaking into the house knew the homeowner. He faces charges for violating a bond protective order more than two times within 12 months and burglary of habitation.
A person violates a condition of a bond if the individual intentionally “goes to or near…the residence or place of employment or business of a protected individual or a member of the family or household.” Generally, any such offense is considered a Class A misdemeanor, but when someone has been previously convicted two or more times, it becomes a third-degree felony charge.
If convicted on this charge, Texas law mandates that the individual “shall be punished by imprisonment in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for any term of not more than 10 years or less than two years.”
A burglary occurs whenever someone “enters a building or habitation and commits or attempts to commit a felony, theft, or an assault.” Burglars can be convicted of a first-degree felony and punished with a fine of up to $10,000 and a life prison sentence.