Man with gun ends standoff; tot unhurt

Thursday, May 21, 1998

The Cincinnati Enquirer

A Hartwell man surrendered without incident Wednesday afternoon after a standoff with police at his apartment. His girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter inside was not hurt.

Brent Robinson, 25, gave up after Cincinnati Police entered his apartment in the 300 block of Sheehan Avenue. Police negotiated with him for several hours after Mr. Robinson's girlfriend said he was inside with her daughter and an assault weapon, said Capt. Richard Schmalz.

After the ordeal ended about 2:30 p.m., police reunited Shannon Maxberry with her daughter, Bianca.

According to Capt. Schmalz, Ms. Maxberry and live-in boyfriend Mr. Robinson had argued the night before. During the fight, she claimed he pulled out an Uzi and loaded it and threatened her. When she left the apartment Wednesday morning, she had second thoughts about leaving her daughter with Mr. Robinson and the loaded weapon. She called police just before 11:30 a.m.

Considering the loaded assault weapon, the fact that Mr. Robinson was wanted on four outstanding warrants, and the safety of the child, police cordoned off the area, Capt. Schmalz said. When the police SWAT team entered his apartment, Mr. Robinson offered no resistance. The weapon was found during a search, Capt. Schmalz said.

Mr. Robinson was being held in the Hamilton County Justice Center Wednesday night on charges of rape, kidnaping and having weapons under disability.

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