Suspect surrenders after 3 hour standoff

Aurora standoff

Police respond to barricade situation near Mississippi and Peoria in Aurora, Colo.

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AURORA, Colo. -- A three hour standoff with an armed man at an apartment complex in Aurora ended with the suspect in custody and a mother and daughter reunited.

Police responded to a domestic violence incident that turned into a barricade situation near E. Mississippi Ave. and S. Peoria St. Wednesday.

Carlson says it began at about 2:45 a.m. at the Fountain Village apartment complex in the 11900 block of E. Kansas Dr. As a precaution, some nearby residents were ordered to leave their units and move to the clubhouse. They were allowed to go back to their homes once the standoff ended.

The alleged female victim was able to run out of her apartment to safety, but the woman's 2-year-old daughter remained inside with the woman's ex-boyfriend.

The woman ran upstairs to a neighbor's unit to get help.

"She told us he hit her … she was crying," says neighbor Maria Lay, who called 911.

The suspect, 25-year-old Herbert Johnson, surrendered after three hours and police say it is possible the girl slept through the incident.

According to a Colorado Bureau of Investigation check, Johnson has a lengthy criminal history, including four outstanding warrants. He was also charged with assault and battery with a $2,500 bond.

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