Man in Harrison Twp. SWAT standoff jailed on rape charge

A man in a SWAT standoff over the weekend that lasted more than 13 hours was jailed on a rape charge.

Deputies from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit obtained a search warrant Saturday morning for a home in the 5000 block of Wagner Ford Road in Harrison Twp. to search for evidence related to a rape allegation, according to a release from the sheriff’s office.

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Deputies responded around 12:30 p.m., and alerted occupants by activating a siren and using a public address system. After 15 minutes of announcing, a man who said he owned the home came out but said a man and woman were still inside along with two dogs, and that they were refusing to leave, the release said.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Regional SWAT team and county hostage negotiation team was requested around 2 p.m.

The woman came out around 3:15 p.m., and the SWAT and hostage negotiations teams continued trying to get the last remaining person — identified as 32-year-old Dustin James Vanwey — to come out.

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At 1:39 a.m. Sunday, SWAT team members took Vanwey into custody inside the home.

He was arrested and booked into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of rape.

Detectives removed several pieces of evidence related to the rape investigation from the home, the release stated.

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