UPDATED: SWAT team raids barricaded hotel room

Update: The suspect has been booked into Purgatory Correctional Facility with the following charges: a class B misdemeanor interfering with arrest, a class C misdemeanor disorderly conduct and a 2nd degree felony domestic violence-criminal mischief.

ST. GEORGE — St. George Police SWAT team members forcibly entered a hotel room Sunday afternoon where a woman was throwing items out a broken window and refusing to surrender.

Officers responded to the Sun Time Inn on St. George Boulevard Sunday on a report of a woman who was destroying her room. She was ultimately arrested. St. George, Utah, July 17, 2016 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News
Officers responded to the Sun Time Inn on St. George Boulevard Sunday on a report of a woman who was destroying her room. She was ultimately arrested. St. George, Utah, July 17, 2016 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

“At about 12:45 our communications center got a call about a woman that was erratic and acting violent at a hotel room at the Sun Time Inn on (St. George) Boulevard,” St. George Police Department Captain Mike Giles said. “Officers responded, there were two occupants in the room initially, but one of them left so the female was the sole occupant of the room when we arrived.”

Giles said the woman’s companion became frightened of her behavior, left, and called police.

“It was apparent from the noises inside that she was destroying the room,” Giles said. “Breaking things, hitting things. So officers held back, tried to negotiate through the door.”

Crisis intervention personnel were called out to assist in the negotiations. All attempts to negotiate failed.

The SWAT team was called out about 2:30 pm to remove the woman from the room. Team members began arriving along with SGPD SWAT vehicles.

SWAT team officers began to break out the remaining glass in the window of room 253 with push brooms and the woman surrendered peacefully to officers about 3:30 p.m.

A SWAT team member escorts Melissa Rowan, 46, from her room at the Sun Time Inn where she had been destroying the property. St. George, Utah, July 17, 2016 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News
A SWAT team member escorts Melissa Rowan, 46, from her room at the Sun Time Inn where she had been destroying the property. St. George, Utah, July 17, 2016 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

Giles said Melissa Rowan, 46, address unknown, was taken into custody by officers and taken to be checked out by paramedics.

“She’s not from the St. George area,” the captain said. “I don’t know if she’s passing through or moving here.”

As this report is published, Rowan remains in police custody, according to booking information.

Giles said there was a lot of property damage.

“Ultimately, there’s probably enough property value damage that there will be criminal mischief charges and potentially intoxication charges.”

Units from the St. George Police Department, St. George Fire Department and Gold Cross Ambulance responded to the action.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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13 Comments

  • ladybugavenger July 17, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    she was out of her normal routine

    • .... July 17, 2016 at 9:40 pm

      Fundraiser@itwasthattimeofthemonth

    • .... July 18, 2016 at 8:28 am

      Maybe somebody should of given a Coke and a bag of Cheetos

      • ladybugavenger July 18, 2016 at 10:12 am

        Problem solvers- a cold can of Coke, Cheetos, and a powered reclining couch. Can’t be angry with all that goodness

        • .... July 18, 2016 at 3:17 pm

          ☆☆☆☆☆ 5 stars. !

          • Real Life July 18, 2016 at 4:15 pm

            5 pills!

          • .... July 19, 2016 at 10:09 am

            Wow ReaLowlife I’m impressed ! Really I am. .you can actually count to 5 now. well done

  • Don Bagley July 17, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Hope she’s not moving in.

  • digger July 17, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    Swat? Woman, No shots fired?
    Well Done.

    • 42214 July 18, 2016 at 9:38 pm

      why does this take 24 hours?Your censorship is becoming a joke.

      • 42214 July 19, 2016 at 10:42 pm

        You didn’t post my comment, just my complaint about taking 24 hours. Is this the newspaper Tass?

  • mesaman July 17, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    PMS at it’s peak!

  • Bob July 18, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    PMS? i think not. more than likely a meth induced rage. meth destroys lives

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