A 32-year-old Webb City man involved in a standoff with police Sunday at a residence in Joplin is facing stolen vehicle and resisting arrest charges.
A special weapons and tactics (SWAT) team from the Joplin Police Department was called to 2429 E. Salem Ave. where Brandon W. Hixon purportedly was refusing to come out after having crashed a stolen vehicle into another house and fled on foot to the residence where he was attempting to hide. The SWAT team obtained a search warrant after several hours, entered the residence and apprehended the suspect.
Hixon has been charged with felony counts of vehicle tampering and resisting arrest.
A probable-cause affidavit filed with the charges states that an officer responded to a report of a vehicle that struck a house in the 2800 block of North Florida Avenue and learned that the driver of the vehicle had fled on foot before police arrived. According to the affidavit, the vehicle, a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu, had been stolen in St. Louis County, where the Webb City man had become a suspect in the theft.
Hixon, who had an outstanding warrant for a probation violation, subsequently was observed through a window trying to hide inside the residence on Salem Avenue. Police surrounded the address and made several attempts to get the suspect to come out before the SWAT team finally entered and took him into custody.