Elkhart police take convicted counterfeiter into custody to end standoff

Elkhart Police Department's special response team executed a felony warrent in an Elkhart apartment complex Wednesday night

Posted on Sept. 4, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

ELKHART — The Elkhart Police Department took a convicted counterfeiter into custody Wednesday night, Sept. 4., after a standoff that lasted more than three hours.

Elkhart dispatchers said the department’s special response team was called Washington Gardens Apartments at 7:46 p.m.

Assistant Police Chief Laura Koch said Delvon Tolbert, who was convicted of counterfeiting on Aug. 27, had locked himself in the apartment at 503 Chapman St. and was refusing to come out.

Tolbert, 25, never showed up for his trial on charges of resisting arrest and auto theft, both Class D felonies, and forgery, a Class C felony.

After Tolbert was convicted, Judge Stephen Bowers issued a bench warrant for Tolbert’s arrest.

Tolbert was taken into custody around 11 p.m., Koch said. No shots were fired and there were no known injuries.

Koch said police deployed gas during the standoff in an attempt to force Tolbert out of the building.

The gas caused many people in the crowd of Washington Gardens residents waiting for news in the 400 block of Chapman Street to cough and sneeze despite their distance from the apartment.

The apartment adjacent to the one in which Tolbert was barricaded was unoccupied, Koch said.

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