07/02/2012

Man sets cat on fire, starts standoff with Phila. cops

Philadelphia police were in bizarre daylong standoff that began with a man setting fire to a neighbor's cat

By Stephanie FarrDaily
The Philadelphia Daily News

PHILADELPHIA — A bizarre daylong standoff Sunday between a 40-year-old South Philadelphia man and police began when the man allegedly set his neighbor's cat on fire, hung it from a fence and then barricaded himself inside his house with his two young sons.

"The heat, it just went up a notch," said a 46-year-old neighbor who identified himself as "Swift." "The same way they make snow for the Poconos, they make heat for us."

On a day when temperatures soared into the mid-90s, SWAT-team members, firefighters and negotiators braved the heat in heavy protective gear to try to get the disturbed man to cool down without taking any lives. Meanwhile, residents pulled up lawn chairs, corner vendors sold crabs for $1.25 and the Salvation Army handed out Gatorade to police.

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