A wanted subject was taken into custody safely after fleeing a traffic stop, barricading himself inside a Quincy residence and holding a four-hour standoff with police last Tuesday.

Joel A. Villela, 28 of Quincy was wanted by Quincy Police in reference to a local DUI warrant and to serve a protection order issued by the Grant County Courts due to some domestic violence related harassment and stalking complaints reported earlier in the week, according to Quincy Police Captain Ryan Green.

Quincy officers spotted Villela driving a black Dodge Ram truck and attempted to make a traffic stop on Nov. 24, around 4:00 a.m. Villela did not stop, and fled at a high rate of speed. He ran several stop signs in attempts to get away and ultimately led officers to a family member’s residence in the 500 block of L Street Southwest where he barricaded himself inside.

Quincy Police Officers surrounded the house and Villela told the officers he was not giving up. Officers had information that he may be armed with a handgun and called for additional law enforcement assistance. The Moses Lake Tactic Response Team (MLTRT) responded with a negotiator from the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.

During the standoff, officers were able to get two uninvolved family members out of the house. Both family members confirmed Villela was inside. After several hours trying to get Villela to come out of the house, CS gas (2-chlorobenzylidene malononitrile) was deployed into the residence and shortly after he surrendered. There were no reported injuries to Villela or the officers involved.

Villela was booked into the Grant County Jail on several domestic violence related charges, eluding a police vehicle, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, resisting arrest and a local DUI Warrant. According to a press release, as the investigation continues, law enforcement expect to request more criminal charges.

“This incident ended without anyone getting hurt and we appreciate the help from surrounding police agencies to help resolve this incident,” Chief Kieth Siebert stated in the press release.

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