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After 3-hour standoff, police arrest woman, charge her with robbery

No one harmed in incident, Fort Wayne police say

Saturday, August 17, 2013 - 5:21 pm

A 51-year-old woman was charged with robbery, Fort Wayne Police reported, after she barricaded herself in an apartment near the scene of a prescription-drug robbery.

Tondra D. Lampkin surrendered to police without being harmed or harming anyone, police said. She was preliminarily charged with robbery. Police did not provide her address.

About 10:20 a.m. Saturday, police were dispatched to the CVS Pharmacy, 2802 E. State Blvd., on a report of an armed robbery. Employees there told officers that a woman entered the store and approached the pharmacy counter. She handed a note to the pharmacist demanding a prescription narcotic and said she had a gun, although she did not show a gun to anyone during the course of the robbery, police said. She ran off with a prescription narcotic; police did not disclose what narcotic was taken.

Witnesses told police the woman ran to a nearby apartment complex. Officers arrived at the complex and determined the suspect was inside an apartment on the second floor. Police said they communicated with the suspect on the telephone, but she refused to exit the apartment. Since they were unable to resume contact with the suspect, the Emergency Services Team and Crisis Response Team were summoned for help.

CRT members tried repeatedly to restore communication with the suspect, police said. After those attempts failed, EST members breached one of the apartment windows in an attempt to motivate the suspect to exit the apartment peacefully. Once the window was breached, the suspect began communicating with officers outside the apartment. The suspect complied with the officers' instructions and exited the apartment peacefully at approximately 1:38 PM. She surrendered and was taken into custody without incident, police said.

Police evacuated several apartments within the complex were evacuated as a precaution during the three-hour standoff. This incident remains under investigation by the City of Fort Wayne Police Department and the Allen County Prosecuting Attorney's Office