ADELPHI, Md. (CBSDC) – Police avoided a disastrous ending to a barricade situation in Adelphi that began late Monday evening and stretched into the early morning hours Tuesday.

Prince George’s County Police arrived at an apartment in the 1800 block of Greenwich Woods Drive to serve a warrant around 10:20 p.m.

When the suspect, 24-year-old Carlos Pierola –- wanted in connection with a domestic-related kidnapping which occurred just two days prior — heard police outside his home, he attempted to escape by forcing his way into an adjacent apartment, and then barricading himself inside.

Police established a perimeter and negotiators worked throughout the night to peacefully resolve the situation.

However, by 5:45 a.m. on Tuesday, police heard sounds which indicated Pierola was in distress.

Police say they entered the home, and took life-saving measures to save Pierola, who was attempting to end his life.

He was taken to a local hospital where he is currently in critical condition.

A weapon was recovered from the scene.

No police officers were injured.

Police first obtained a warrant for Pierola on Dec. 16, charging him with restraining and forcibly taking his estranged wife against her will. On Dec. 15, he allegedly drove around the D.C. area with the victim in her car, while trying to convince her to resolve their differences.

She was able to persuade Pierola to take her home where she called police. Police then obtained the initial warrant against him, and also helped the wife obtain a protective order against him. He was charged with burglary, kidnapping, carjacking, assault and other related charges.

Then on Dec. 17, the same woman discovered Pierola hiding inside her home armed with a gun. She was able to convince him to walk outside, at which point she quickly locked herself inside and called the police, who then obtained a second warrant against Pierola. U.S. Marshals were assisting the Prince George’s County police in locating Pierola, and were in the process of serving both warrants when the barricade began.


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