Local News

Man with propane tank arrested after standoff

Posted July 31, 2008 12:50 p.m. EDT
Updated July 31, 2008 3:02 p.m. EDT


— A man fleeing a Thursday morning confrontation with a Cumberland County deputy grabbed a propane tank and barricaded himself inside his father's home, authorities said.

Authorities closed Old Wilmington Highway to traffic between Interstate 95 and Arnette Park for more than two hours as they tried to talk the man into coming out and eventually arrested him.

The incident began when a deputy responded to a report of a home south of Fayetteville that was being burglarized. The deputy found a man trying to break into the house with a crowbar, authorities said.

The man pulled a knife on the deputy, who unsuccessfully tried to stun him with his Taser, authorities said. The man then fled on foot to his father's house and barricaded himself inside, authorities said.

Somewhere along the way, the man grabbed a propane tank, and authorities said the tank could explode if  mishandled.

No one else was inside the home, and the man's father worked with deputies to convince his son to come out, authorities said.

Deputies eventually stunned the man with a "bean bag" gun and took him into custody.

Alejandro Villalongo-Serrano, 33, was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center for evaluation, authorities said. He has a history of emotional problems, authorities said.

The deputy was uninjured in the incident.

No charges had been filed as of Thursday afternoon.