Man in custody after SWAT standoff at Miami home
Police say man pointed gun at girlfriend, refused to leave Little Haiti home
MIAMI – A man who barricaded himself inside a Miami home after pointing a gun at his girlfriend has been taken into custody, police said.
The SWAT standoff happened early Wednesday on Northeast 55th Terrace in Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood.
Part of Northeast Second Avenue was blocked off for hours as police tried to coax Matthew Touchstone to come out.
"Officers arrived and were greeted by a female, who stated that her boyfriend had pulled out a gun and threatened her," Miami police Officer Michael Vega said.
According to the police report, Touchstone and the woman went to dinner at a restaurant near their home. While eating, Touchstone began shouting obscenities at the woman before leaving the table and returning with a gun.
Touchstone allegedly placed the handgun on the table and pointed it at the woman before she convinced her boyfriend that they should go home.
Upon returning to their home, Touchstone grabbed the victim by the air and accused her of having an affair with his boss while the couple was estranged. Touchstone allegedly told the woman that he would have already killed her if he hadn't had priort arrests.
After the victim called 9-1-1, Touchstone reportedly dragged her outside the home and threw her on the ground, then kicked her in the head.
When an officer arrived on the scene, Touchstone went back into the home and barricaded himself inside.
The SWAT team was called and Touchstone was eventually convinced to surrender.
"He decided that he would give himself up and he was taken into custody without any incident," Vega said.
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