A Burlington man is in police custody after a standoff and foot pursuit late Sunday evening.
A call came into the Racine County Dispatch around 10:30 p.m. saying Liza Eller’s ex-boyfriend had a gun and barricaded himself and four children in a basement bedroom. Metro News attempted to interview Eller, but she was too allegedly too distraught to speak with a reporter.
Racine County SWAT and a negotiation team responded to a rental home in the 32900 block of Robers Street. Police say they’ve responded to the residence several times, in the past, on complaints of threatening phone calls.
Adam Floyd was taken into police custody Sunday evening after holding four children hostage in the basement of The Eller home for four hours. Floyd was captured, without incident, after a foot-chase that ended behind a neighboring house. Floyd had escaped from the Walworth County Jail earlier in the week.
Christopher Zebley was on-scene at the time the incident occurred. “We knew he had escaped and was on the run. We invited him over to the house in an effort to catch him and return him to police custody. Things just got out of hand after that,” said Zebley who’s fiance is the sister of the unidentified mother of the four children.
Floyd, who allegedly only had 60 days left to complete the Walworth County Jail Huber sentence, now faces a multitude of charges while in custody at the Racine County Jail. Bond has been set at $21,000. Charges include Disorderly Conduct, Domestic Abuse, Unlawful Use of Telephone, Intimidation of Victims and Harassment. He is also being held on various warrants and holds according to the official Racine County Sheriff’s press release.
Diana Stevens, Eller’s sister, told Metro News, “We set up Adam up to come the house. We said we were gone. He showed up, but saw a squad car parked at the end of the block and freaked out. My sister pulled him into the house and he ran down the stairs into the basement.”
Steven’s and Eller’s father opened the door for the police. After ordering everyone out of the house, police tried to negotiate with Floyd, but to no avail. Four hours later, Floyd fled the house on foot, but was caught just moments later. Steven’s told Metro News that Floyd was on the phone talking with Eller at the time of his arrest.
Just two hours before the entire drama unfolded, City of Delavan police were searching for Floyd. Elkhorn and Burlington police were also actively looking for Floyd as well.
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