Springdale Police: Suspect Involved In Barricade Incident Arrested

SPRINGDALE (KFSM) -- Springdale police arrested a man who barricaded himself inside a Springdale home on Tuesday (May 23), prompting an hours-long shutdown of a Springdale street.

Officers found Michael Simmons, 36, inside the attic of a Gwen Street home and arrested him shortly after 1 p.m.

Around 6:20 a.m. police received an anonymous call about an individual living inside a home in the 800 block of Gwen Street without permission, said Lt. Jeff Taylor, Springdale Police Department public information officer. There was a stolen vehicle from Fayetteville parked in from of the home.

At least one other person was inside the home, and everyone but Simmons came out, Taylor said. One of the other individuals told officers that Simmons was hiding inside the home.

Officers and SWAT team members negotiated with Simmons for hours. Teams moved in and searched the home after Simmons quit responding to the officers, but they were unable to find him initially.

On a second sweep of the home they found Simmons inside the home's tiny attic.

Neighbors said they have seen Simmons hanging around the home before, and that they believe he might be related to the homeowner.

Simmons is facing several charges. He was taken to the hospital for a medical evaluation.