UPDATE (WKOW) — Court documents filed in Rock County in April reveal the suspect in an all-night standoff at a Beloit apartment complex was accused of terrorizing an ex-girlfriend, including allegedly shooting at her head and sexually and physically assaulting her.
Alexander Duke, 32, was arrested Wednesday morning after surrendering to officers and deputies outside his girlfriend’s apartment on the northwest side of Beloit.
Duke allegedly shot at his girlfriend’s head after she tried to breakup with him in her apartment in March, a criminal complaint states. After the bullet fired, Duke then forced the woman to drive with him to his home in Rockford, IL, where he kept and assaulted her.
“This guy has really terrorized Rockford and Beloit. Both departments have been looking for him feverishly for several months,” Beloit Police Chief Dave Zibolski said. “So he was definitely a good person to get into custody and get him out of here.”
Zibolski says both departments published Duke’s name and photo on social media and other mediums while they searched for him. An observant person in the area early Wednesday morning saw Duke and called police, Zibolski said.
In the middle of the night, officers evacuated part of the apartment building, as they began a 10-hour standoff.
“I saw two other officers with assault rifles. And in my mind, I was like, oh, something must be really bad,” said Todd Sanders, who lives in the building.
Families were kept away from their homes for hours, as officers negotiated with the man who was considered to be dangerous.
“[It was] pretty emotional. I know my girlfriend was really upset. My daughter, she was too young to understand what’s going on, but she knew something wasn’t right because everybody’s standing around in a circle and you could just see that look the look on her face that she was kind of upset,” said Michael Payne, who also lives in the building where the standoff happened.
Chief Zibolski says the tactical team made the right decisions to negotiate with the suspect and convince him to leave without hurting anyone.
“Recognizing those inherent dangers [to the victim], to step back a little bit really like a de-escalation type of situation, and marshaled up the right resources, secured the area, so we’re making sure this guy doesn’t get out and endanger anyone else in the community,” he said.
Zibolski says the victim, a 29-year-old Beloit woman, did not appear to be hurt during the incident.
Police are still working with her to figure out exactly what happened and what charges Duke might face for the standoff.
He’s already charged with nine counts for the previous incident involving the same victim in March. There are three charges in Rock County and six in Winnebago County, Illinois, including kidnapping, false imprisonment, aggravated criminal sexual assault and aggravated battery.
UPDATE (WKOW) — A 32-year-old man from Rockford is in custody and a victim is safe after an hours long standoff with authorities in Beloit.
Police Cheif David Zibolski said the suspect is Alexander Duke. He was wanted on several felony charges in Rock County and Winnebago County, Illinois including kidnapping, first-degree recklessly endangering safety, and sexual assault.
Duke reportedly walked out of the apartment just before 11 a.m. without incident
Cheif Zibolski said his team convinced him that surrendering was the safest solution.
The 29-year-old female victim involved in the situation has no “obvious injuries,” but they will be interviewing her to be sure.
Authorities said the suspect and the victim had a previous intimate relationship.
UPDATE (WKOW) — A standoff at an apartment building has ended after nearly 11 hours. The suspect reportedly walked out of the apartment unit just before 11 a.m.
UPDATE (WKOW) — Beloit police say the suspect of an hours-long standoff is wanted on several felony charges in Wisconsin and Illinois.
Those charges include kidnapping, first-degree recklessly endangering safety, and sexual assault. Those charges are filed in Rock County, WI, and Winnebago County, IL.
According to police, the suspect is in an apartment with a 29-year-old woman. A spokesperson says they believe the suspect could become violent and that is why a SWAT team and additional officers were called to the scene.
The standoff began when officers arrived at the apartment to serve a warrant, the spokesperson said.
UPDATE (WKOW) — Authorities in Beloit are attempting to arrest a “wanted, armed felon” who is in an apartment unit with a 29-year-old female “victim.”
The Beloit Police Department was notified by a community member at about 12:50 a.m. Wednesday that the 32-year-old suspect from Rockford entered the apartment where the victim lives in the 2200 block of Burton Street.
Authorities tell 27 News the suspect is wanted in both Wisconsin and Illinois. Due to the suspect’s violent history, a tactical unit with officers from Beloit and Janesville was sent to the scene.
This is still an ongoing situation.
Authorities are asking community members to avoid the area.
BELOIT (WKOW) — A standoff between police and a suspect is underway on the 2200 block of Burton St. in Beloit, a city spokesperson told 27 News Wednesday morning.
Officials said a tactical unit went to an apartment complex to serve a warrant, which led to the standoff.
A resident at that apartment complex tells 27 News residents have been evacuated.
Officials are asking people to avoid the area while they respond.
27 News has a crew on the way to the scene of this developing story. We’ll bring you updates as they come into the newsroom.