Vol 5 No. 34 - May 11, 2005
Standoff ends with two arrests,
Members of the countys SWAT team gather
at the Sandpiper Mobile Home Park clubhouse in
Bradenton Beach, in preparation to raid the home
where suspect Elisio Saldano was hiding under
a bed. Bottom, police barricaded Gulf Drive and
rerouted traffic for about two hours.
STAFF PHOTOS/TOM VAUGHT
By Tom Vaught
sun staff writer
BRADENTON BEACH - A man hiding
from police under a bed started a chain reaction
Thursday when he threatened the officer with "bloodshed."
He luckily surrendered just before the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office SWAT Team was to storm
the mobile home in which he was hiding.
Police blocked off Gulf Drive in front of the
Sandpiper Mobile Resort, where the standoff occurred,
for about two hours, forcing people to use the
mainland to get from one end of the Island to
Bradenton Beach police arrested Matthew L. Mitchell,
25, of Bradenton, on charges of aggravated battery,
false imprisonment and obstruction, and Elisio
Saldana, 24, of Tampa, on charges of aggravated
assault following the incident.
It all began when police received a call of possible
domestic violence around 1:52 p.m. Officer Eric
Hill and Lt. John Cosby responded. They determined
that Mitchell had shoved Barbie Zipperer, 16,
against a wall and shaved her hair after they
got into a fight at 2610 Gulf Drive, Unit 501,
a mobile home owned by Zipperer's parents. They
handcuffed Mitchell and went after Saldana, who
had gone into a bedroom.
As Cosby kicked open the bedroom door, he observed
Saldana underneath the bed. He warned Cosby not
to try to get him because he had a gun and there
would be bloodshed.
At that point, Cosby called for backup, including
officers from Holmes Beach Police and the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office. Sergeant John Kenny,
from the sheriff's office contingency in the city
of Anna Maria, began negotiating with Saldana.
He got the man to surrender just before the SWAT
team was about to enter the home, according to
Bradenton Beach Police Detective Len Diaz.
Diaz said Saldana did not have a gun, but he told
police where there was a 45-caliber pistol. The
found two other handguns in the residence. They
checked the men's identities and found out they
were wanted for questioning in a shooting in Tampa
and one in Bradenton, and are being held at the
Manatee County Jail.
Diaz said it appeared Mitchell pistol-whipped
Zipperer and shaved her head. She was not arrested.
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