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Posted: Thursday, July 28, 2011 12:00 pm

By Colleen Flaherty

Killeen Daily Herald

The Killeen Police Department's SWAT team was dispatched to the 4500 block of Jake Spoon Drive Wednesday afternoon in connection with an aggravated robbery that occurred earlier in the day on Hilltop Drive.

A 75-minute standoff with a man inside the home took place following the arrest of an 18-year-old black man in the roadway outside it.

The 18-year-old is a suspect in the armed home invasion that took place about 12:30 p.m. in the 2200 block of Hilltop Drive, KPD spokeswoman Carroll Smith said. A second suspect is still at large.

The man involved in the standoff was released after police determined he was not a suspect, Smith said.

No one was injured during the robbery, she said, but the suspects stole items from the home and fled in a white Cadillac.

Police soon located the Cadillac in the Robinett Road area of the city, Smith said.

She said she did not know whether the vehicle was stolen.

Tactical response units were called to Jake Spoon Drive at 2:24 p.m., Smith said, and forcibly apprehended the suspect, who was on foot.

SWAT members then surrounded the home, with the Cadillac parked in the driveway, and moved back and forth between it and an armored vehicle for 75 minutes.

About 3:45 p.m., SWAT team members rushed to the front door of the home, and a man wearing blue boxer shorts and sandals emerged with his hands up. Police handcuffed the man and escorted him into a police car that promptly left the scene.

KPD roadblocks that kept neighbors within a two-block radius from reaching their homes were cleared about 4:40 p.m., after police determined the home was clear of other suspects and weapons.

Staff Sgt. Sam Coleman, 1st Cavalry Division, waited for about an hour to get back to his house at the corner of Gus Drive and Jake Spoon Drive. Other neighborhood residents waited more than two hours at police roadblocks to get home.

Coleman moved to the neighborhood in December 2009, he said, and has always known it to be safe.

"I always thought the bad part was on the other side of Robinett," he said, shrugging.

As police left the area, several curious neighbors surrounded the home, where police investigators were searching the Cadillac.

Neighbor Reggie Smith said his friend and a brother live in the home. Smith's been in the neighborhood for a long time, he said, but has never witnessed anything like Wednesday afternoon's standoff. He attributed it to the searing temperatures.

"You know how it gets when the heat comes," he said.

Contact Colleen Flaherty at colleenf@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7559. Follow her on Twitter at KDHfeatures.

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