SWAT standoff ends in arrest

A local man was arrested after a more than two-hour standoff with the Columbus Police Department SWAT team.

Just after 4 p.m. Thursday, a Columbus police officer saw Miguel Juan Rivas, 29, of 222 Jones St., Columbus, standing near a home in the 700 block of Werner Avenue, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

When Rivas saw the officer, he quickly entered a home there, Harris said. Officers confirmed Rivas had multiple weapons-related felony warrants for his arrest, including a warrant for illegal possession of a machine gun, Harris said.

The Columbus Police Department SWAT team as well as crisis negotiators were sent to the home, and negotiators eventually were able to contact Rivas by phone, Harris said.

Rivas left the house shortly after 6:30 p.m. and distraction devices were used before he was arrested in front of the home by SWAT team members on charges of:

Possession of a machine gun

Possession of a handgun without a license (two counts)

Obliterating identifying marks on a handgun

Possession of a syringe

Possession of a controlled substance

Operating a vehicle without ever receiving a license

Rivas is being held without bond at the Bartholomew County Jail, jail officials said. Police said they did not recover guns from the home after the standoff.

No injuries were reported, Harris said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.