Lengthy Tactical Operation

On Wednesday his girlfriend alleges that Michael Alan Wesley, 28, threatened her with a firearm. At some point she was able to escape and call 911. 

With Wesley thought to be barricaded in the home, deputies underwent a “lengthy tactical operation” lasting about 5 hours involving robots, canine units, smoke canisters, and an armored personnel carriers. But by the time a SWAT unit entered the home, Wesley had already escaped. Deputies believe that he managed to escape before law enforcement arrived.

Deputies say that in the home they found the computer and TV destroyed, and a wall damaged as well as the girlfriends clothing had been burned. And a rifle was found in the home.

Deputies attempted to call Wesley on his cell phone but he has refused to surrender. He is thought to be armed and deputies say he has a long arrest record. When police locate him, he will be charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, domestic violence, and battery domestic violence.

http://www.floridatoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060803/NEWS01/608030325/1006

As long as Wesley is on the run, the girlfriend cannot be sure of her safety. You would think that with the police on the lookout for him, that he would be too busy with an escape to think of going after her. But that is often not the case. The property damage at the home sounds like a very angry man. But the burning of the girl’s clothing, well to me it seems very personal in the anger at the girlfriend. Almost like burning her in effigy, since he couldn’t get his hands on her.

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