Man arrested after SWAT team called

Posted: January 14, 2014

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — Several rooms were evacuated Monday at America’s Best Value Inn as city police and the SWAT team tried to coax out a wanted man.

Kyle Douglas Hamill would not come out of his room on his own when police first arrived at the motel — located at 2649 Valley Ave. — at around 9:30 a.m., according to Sgt. Frank Myrtle.

Myrtle said there was concern that weapons could be involved, so as a safety precaution, the SWAT team — which could be seen in full gear, with guns — and crisis negotiation team assisted in the arrest.

Hamill, 26, was finally taken into custody around 11:30 a.m. and is being held without bond at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.

Myrtle said before Hamill’s arrest, there was communication back and forth between him and law enforcement.

Hamill was wanted in the city on a probation violation. It is unclear what his alleged violation is, but his criminal history includes charges of breaking and entering, possession of heroin and grand larceny.

According to a criminal complaint from 2009, Hamill was also arrested for arson, but the charge was eventually reduced to destruction of property.

The complaint states that Hamill broke into an apartment, which was ransacked and missing valuable items.

He allegedly admitted to using a lighter during the break-in, and said when he lifted a mattress up, it caught fire, the complaint states.

Once he saw the bed and items on the bed burning, he allegedly ran out of the apartment and left the area without notifying anyone.

The complaint states that there were residents in nearby apartments when the fire began.

— Contact Melissa Boughton at mboughton@winchesterstar.com