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13-021 Deputies Arrest Suspect Who Barricaded Himself In St. Petersburg Home

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
-SWAT Team
-K-9 Unit
-Violent Crimes Task Force
-Strategic Enforcement Section
-Negotiator Response Team (NRT)
Support Services Bureau
-Crime Scene Investigation Unit

Martiego J. Wallace (Arrested)
DOB: 07/21/1988
Address: 2213 32nd Avenue, St. Petersburg
Arrested for aggravated assault with a firearm, burglary to an occupied dwelling, resisting arrest with violence, and VOP Burglary (warrant).

What:
Deputies have arrested a suspect who barricaded himself in a St. Petersburg home for nearly 6 hours after he assaulted a woman with a firearm and burglarized the residence in which he barricaded himself. A family was in the residence when the suspect forced his way into their home.

When:
Deputies initially responded to the call at about 3:54 p.m. on January 30, 2013.

The suspect was arrested at about 9:40 p.m. on January 30, 2013.

Where:
The suspect barricaded himself in a private residence located at 4195 28th Street North in unincorporated St. Petersburg.

Why/How:
Just before 4:00 p.m. on January 30th, 2013, deputies responded to a call in which the complainant, a female, advised that she was walking in the area of 28th Street and 41st Avenue North, when she was confronted by the suspect later identified as 24-year-old Martiego Wallace. According to deputies, Wallace raised his shirt to display a gun and made threatening statements to the woman, accusing her and her brother of “snitching” on him.

When deputies arrived on scene, the suspect had forced entry into a home located at 4195 28th Street North. The home was occupied. The residents of the home, who are not known to the suspect, fled the residence unharmed. The suspect remained inside.

Through their investigation deputies were able to identify the suspect as Wallace and began efforts to establish communication with him. All efforts were unsuccessful as Wallace would not answer the phone and remained uncooperative.

Wallace was eventually determined to be in a bedroom of the home covered with a blanket. Deputies began challenging him. Deputies say Wallace eventually left the bedroom, made his way upstairs, opened a window and jumped through it off the second floor of the home in an attempt to get away. Deputies say a violent struggle ensued as they tried to subdue Wallace, who at one point attempted to grab one of the SWAT team member’s gun. Deputies were able to bring Wallace under control and arrested him for aggravated assault with a firearm, burglary to an occupied dwelling, and resisting arrest with violence. The suspect also was determined to have an outstanding warrant  for violation of probation for burglary.

The investigation continues.

 A photo of the suspect will be available once the booking process is complete.

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