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Standoff between Tampa police, suspect ends


Published:   |   Updated: August 3, 2014 at 07:38 PM

TAMPA — A seven-hour standoff outside an 18th Avenue house ended around 1:30 p.m. Sunday when a SWAT team raided the residence and found Alex Ray Crouse, 41, hiding under a bed, Tampa police said.

Police received a 911 call about domestic violence at 1309 18th Avenue around 6:45 a.m. Sunday, records said. A woman at the address had left the residence, records said.

The SWAT team “tried to call [Crouse] out. There was a warrant for felony battery, but he refused to come out,” said Tampa Police Lt. John Preyer.

Crouse was charged with domestic violence battery and false imprisonment.

The house is just north of East Columbus and 18th, where bystanders said they heard a loud boom shortly after noon.

“It sounded like a shotgun, maybe a little louder,” said Jimmy Sewell, who lives across the street from Crouse.

Sewell said police told him and other neighbors to leave the area around 7:20 a.m.

Sewell said he doesn’t know Crouse, but has heard him fighting with a woman at the house. He said the woman seemed outgoing and pleasant, but described Crouse differently.

“He just doesn’t seem like a good person,” he said. “He’s a bad dude.”

Crouse’s criminal history dates to 1995, when he was arrested and charged with driving on a canceled, suspended or revoked license.

In 2009, he served just over five months of a one-year, four-month sentence in state prison for possession of controlled substances and possession of methamphetamine, records show.

In 2012, he was arrested for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, as well as drug and theft charges, records show.

In January 2013, he was arrested on charges related to theft, possession of controlled substances and obstructing a law enforcement officer without violence, records show.

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