Posted: Oct 3, 2012 11:24 AM by Angela Douglas - MTN News
Updated: Oct 3, 2012 11:24 AM
BILLINGS - A three-hour standoff on the Billings south side ended with the peaceful arrest of Daniel Belmarez on Tuesday afternoon.
Belmarez, 46, has an extensive criminal history and he is now back behind bars.
At about 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Billings police were called to a home on the corner of South Broadway and 3rd Avenue South where they discovered that Belmarez had locked himself in his mother's house and was armed with a gun.
Belmarez was wanted on a parole violation, according to Lt. Kevin Iffland.
He was the only person inside the residence during the ordeal and Iffland said Belmarez was making threats as he spoke with police negotiators.
At 5:15 p.m. Belmarez walked out the front door of the house and surrendered to authorities.
The 46-year-old was arrested and is currently being held at the Yellowstone County Detention Facility.
During the standoff, the surrounding streets were blocked off and neighbors were ordered to stay in their homes.
The standoff between Belmarez and Billings police lasted a little more than three hours.