Five-hour standoff ends in man's arrest

Mar. 26, 2013 @ 08:00 PM

Police flushed a man out of his house with tear gas Tuesday after he allegedly threatened a private security guard and barricaded himself inside for hours.

No one was hurt.

The drama began shortly before noon at a house in Hope Valley Farms North, an upscale community of 950 homes off Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway.

Police were called to the home at 2 Barnsdale Court, off Valley Ridge Drive, after the guard said the man threatened him.

When officers arrived, the man went into his house and refused to come out.

Hostage negotiators and Crisis Intervention Team officers were called, but the hours ticked by until shortly before 5 p.m., when police fired tear gas into the house and got the man out.

John Ujvari, president of the homeowners’ association, identified the man as Bill Yohe. Police had not released his name Tuesday evening, but county tax records show the house belongs to a William Yohe.

“He’s lived here for probably seven years, and he’s been mentally unstable for that entire time,” Ujvari said. “We’ve had a lot of issues with him behaving inappropriately, and with parking [violations] and things like that.”

“He’s always suggested that he had weapons in the house.”

Ujvari said Tuesday’s standoff apparently was precipitated when a security guard working for the association had “tagged” illegally parked cars, including Yohe’s.

“And that’s what did it,” Ujvari said. “He basically said: ‘If you come onto my street again, I’ll shoot you.’ And he then proceeded to run into the house and barricade himself in.”

He said Yohe had created concern among neighbors from the start.

“In the early days, he would knock on people’s doors and leave little things [gifts] on the porch,” Ujvari said. “While that was annoying, we always knew there was probably another side to him.”

At one point, Ujvari said, he understood that the entire house “was gutted, down to the studs and all the doors were off.”

Yohe kept several cars in disrepair in the driveway or yard, and did mechanical work on them in violation of the association’s rules, he said.

Ujvari said Yohe’s behavior was erratic.

“He went on a streak of being OK, but on occasion we would hear something about him having a weapon,” Ujvari said. “It was pretty bad when he first moved in. Then he was kind of OK for a while, but over the past six months, he went downhill again.”

Ujvari said it was clear that Yohe’s mental problems weren’t being addressed.

“It’s unfortunate that nothing could have been done earlier,” he said. “The guy needed help.”

It was not clear Tuesday evening where police took Yohe after he was taken into custody.