Aurora police looking for suspect in assault that led to hours-long standoff


The Aurora SWAT unit was on the scene after an armed man was barricaded in an apartment on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

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AURORA, Colo. — Police responding to a domestic violence call in Aurora got involved in a standoff lasting several hours but did not find their original suspect.

Officers were called to an apartment complex at 1921 North Clinton Street around 1 a.m. Tuesday morning, said Sgt. Chris Amsler.

A woman inside one of the apartments told police she had been assaulted by her boyfriend Anthony West, Amsler said.

West had left the building by the time police arrived.

About 30 minutes later, Aurora Police got a call that West was back at the apartment and that he had a gun and was making threats towards people who lived there.

When officers arrived the second time, West was again already gone, Amsler said.

As police were canvassing the scene, they saw a man who matched West’s description in a hallway. An officer tried to approach the man, but he ran into an apartment, locked the door and refused to come out, Amsler said.

Police decided to evacuate the building as a precaution. A SWAT team was also called to the scene.

During the standoff, police were able to talk with a woman inside the apartment with the man. She told police that there were four small children inside, but that the man would not let them leave.

Around 9 a.m. the man decided to give up and everyone came outside okay.

(Photo: Aurora Police)
(Photo: Aurora Police)

The man has been identified as Gary James Revis. He was immediately taken into custody on charges of possession of a weapon by a previous offender, false imprisonment and failure to leave a premises.

Amsler said police never found West. He’s described as a 37-year-old black man who is 5-foot-8 and 186 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call Aurora Police. Tipster can also remain anonymous by calling Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-STOP. They may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

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