Neighbors return home after standoff in Pawnee County

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Updated: 10/23/2013 11:36 pm Published: 10/23/2013 11:32 pm

Authorities in Cleveland evacuated six blocks to round up a man with a stolen high-powered rifle.

They arrested Craig Clark, who they say refused to come out of a home.

Neighbors were allowed to return to their homes Wednesday night after being forced to leave for four hours.

Patricia Worthington lives on North Dunlap and police told her, her she'd have to wait to go home.

"He looked in my car and he said 'you need to go back to Wal-Mart because you can't go home,'" said Worthington.

Officers surrounded the house around 1 p.m. Wednesday.

The homeowner told police her friend inside had been part of a burglary earlier that day.

"We had an individual today in Pawnee Country County outside of Cleveland, the individual stole a firearm and several rounds, up to 300 rounds," said Sheriff Glenn Stout.

Knowing the man was inside the home with such a powerful gun, police decided to take precaution and swarm the house.

"We surrounded the house, called the OHP tag team, just a few minutes ago the individual gave up and came out the front door," said Stout.

Six blocks were blocked off to protect the residents. Sherriff Stout says they had a good reason to evacuate everyone.

"Because of the rifle. It is long range, it can go through a couple houses; with how much he had on him, it could have put a lot of people in danger," said Stout.

Clark did surrender to officers without struggle.

"My officers, the sheriff's deputies stormed him and took him into custody," Stout said.

It's something neighbors were thankful for.

"Kudos to them for handling the situation," Worthington said.

The situation did end peacefully and Neighbors were allowed back into their homes around 5 p.m.

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