A 40-year-old Cuyahoga Falls man is in county jail today after instigating a more than four-hour standoff this morning from inside his Sill Avenue home.
According to police, an officer was attempting to serve a bench warrant for Michael R. Azar, 40, to appear in the Cuyahoga Falls Municipal Court on a housing code violation. Azar, who was riding a lawnmower at the time, saw the officer approaching, jumped off the mower, ran into his house, and pointed a gun at the officer, police said.
The officer then called for backup at 10:15 a.m., police said.
Members of the Cuyahoga Falls SWAT team and several other officers responded to the scene, blocked roads and notified residents of the standoff situation.
The deputy U.S. Marshal in charge of the fugitive task force assisted Falls police.
Approximately 25 officers were on scene at the standoff when Azar surrendered. Police had made telephone connection with Azar and requested him to leave his home, which he did at 2:15 p.m., police said.
Azar was arrested and charged with inducing panic, a fourth-degree felony, and aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor, in addition to failure to appear on the bench warrant, police said. He is to appear before the Cuyahoga Falls Municipal Court tomorrow for an arraignment, police said.
Azar was transported to the Summit County jail while officers searched his home.
No gun was found, though police did find a locked gun safe.
No injuries were reported.
Both Sill Avenue and Newberry Street, which were closed during the standoff, have reopened, police said.