FARMERS BRANCH (CBSDFW.COM) – SWAT officers peacefully arrested a man nearly eight hours after he barricaded himself inside his ex-girlfriend’s home and threatened suicide before it went up in flames.
At 4:09 a.m., Farmers Branch police say Mark Crowe, 35, began making phone calls to his ex-girlfriend from her house phone.
Startled by the calls, the woman raced home and called 911. When she arrived, she found Crowe inside her house with a gun. He was threatening to kill himself and said he had explosives, said Sgt. Chad Taylor, department spokesman.
By visiting the home, Crowe was already violating a protective order she had against him. A SWAT team soon arrived, and the woman left the home with her mother and her three children, including a 2-year-old fathered by Crowe.
Because of the threat of explosives, the Dallas Police Department’s bomb squad evacuated nearby homes, Taylor said.
During the standoff, the home caught fire. Taylor said the department suspects Crowe set it, “but it’s still under investigation.”
After the fire, Crowe ran to the backyard with a pistol and continued to threaten to kill himself. At about 2 p.m., Crowe surrendered and was arrested.
Police found a loaded handgun, but no explosives, Taylor said.
The incident was sparked when Crowe learned that his ex-girlfriend was out on a date, Taylor said.
The fire made the home unlivable, Taylor said. Crowe has been charged with violating a protective order and for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Future charges are also possible pending results from the fire investigation, Taylor added.
No one was injured, and none of the victims have been identified. Area hotels offered free rooms for those evacuated. The Red Cross is helping the ex-girlfriend and her family.