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Dispute over hot dog led to Fla. hostage standoff

A woman and a young girl were able to escape when Lamar Brooks pulled a gun and made threats

By Julius Whigham II
The Palm Beach Post

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. — A man involved in a standoff with police Thursday pulled a gun on relatives in an apparent dispute over cooking hot dogs, according to a Riviera Beach police report made public Friday.

Officers arrested Lamar Brooks, 24, on charges of false imprisonment, aggravated assault with a firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm. City police used a drone to find him hiding inside a car, the report said. He remained in custody at the Palm Beach County Jail early Saturday in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Officers were initially called shortly after 10:30 a.m. Thursday to a reported domestic assault on R.J. Hendley Avenue, north of Blue Heron Boulevard and east of Congress Avenue. A woman and a young girl were able to escape when Brooks pulled a gun and made threats, the report said.

When officers arrived, they were told Brooks was barricaded inside the home. The woman told investigators she and Brooks were arguing Thursday morning when he grabbed a gun and started walking around the apartment saying, “I can cook whatever I want.”

Officers attempted to contact Brooks by phone but learned that he had managed to get out of the home. The West Palm Beach Hostage and Crisis Negotiator Team responded to the scene and was able to make contact with Brooks.

He told officers he was still in the home and did not want to come out. However, an anonymous source informed the officers that Brooks was actually seen standing in front of an apartment building a few blocks away on West 21st Street.

Police deployed the drone and were able to catch Brooks climbing out of a parked car, the report said. After being taken into custody, Brooks reportedly admitted to having a gun.

He told officers the argument started because he was hungry and wanted to boil some dogs. He was told to cook them in the microwave instead. Brooks said he ignored the request and continued to prepare the hot dogs on the stove stop, the reports.

Brooks claimed that the woman grabbed the pot and threw it on the floor. Officers say the pot was still on the stove with water still inside it when they entered the home.


©2017 The Palm Beach Post (West Palm Beach, Fla.)

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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