COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A suspect with a lengthy criminal record managed to slip out of a home after Columbus Police responded to a barricade situation in north Columbus.
According to Columbus Police Lt. Larry Yates, the suspect, Joshua Breckenridge, 44, managed to escape out the back of a house on the 300 block of East 14th Avenue in the University District after police were called for a domestic dispute.
Yates said police think Breckenridge managed to escape between the time officers confronted him, which began the barricade situation, and the SWAT team arrived on the scene.
Police said officers were met at the scene at approximately 5 p.m. by a woman claiming she was in a domestic dispute with Breckenridge. The woman allegedly told police Breckenridge was a wanted fugitive.
Police were able to confirm Breckenridge is wanted on a contempt of court charge, and that he has a lengthy criminal record.
Officers then attempted to enter the apartment, but Breckenridge barricaded the door, police said. It was then SWAT was called to the scene.
Police are currently searching for Breckenridge.
“He has had multiple arrests in the past and some are more violent incidents, but right now we don’t know if he’s armed and have nothing that says he was armed,” Yates said.
On Twitter, Columbus Police reassured residents that Breckenridge did not pose a threat.
“We want to let those in the Weinland Park area and @OhioState area to know there is no safety concern related to this situation that is now over,” the tweet stated.
Anyone with information to Breckenridge’s whereabouts is asked to contact Columbus Police at (614) 645-4545.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.