SWAT team removes child sex crime suspect out of north Abilene home after standoff

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ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – A wanted child sex crime suspect was apprehended by SWAT team members after a standoff in north Abilene Thursday.

Richard Earl Daniels was arrested inside a home on the 2100 block of Parramore Street just before 1:00 p.m., three hours after the standoff began.

Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge says Daniels was hiding in an attic inside the home and was taken into custody after he broke through a wall and jumped out to escape chemicals released by the SWAT team.

The SWAT team released about 15 canisters of Oleoresin Capsicum gas in order to get Daniels, who wasn’t communicating with officers, to come out. He is now being taken to the hospital to receive treatment for injuries sustained during his fall from the attic.

A shotgun was also recovered from the home. It’s unknown if Daniels had it with him while he was hiding in the attic.

Daniels was the Abilene Police Department’s featured fugitive for this week. He’s accused of prostituting a woman and sexually abusing an underage runaway for months while holding them captive so they couldn’t escape.

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