Suspect in custody after standoff in Cornelius

Suspect in custody after standoff in Cornelius

CORNELIUS, Ore. – Police took a man into custody after a standoff in Cornelius Saturday.

Police said the man locked his girlfriend and several children inside his home and poured gasoline on her, himself and around the inside of the house. The woman and children were able to escape unharmed, police said.

Police said they received a call from a small child who reported that someone was hurting their mother.

When officers arrived just after 11 a.m., the man refused to leave his home and barricaded himself inside. Some neighboring homes were evacuated during the standoff because of the gasoline and the potential of an explosion.

"They told us everybody should leave," said neighbor Andrew Lupercio. "It's really dangerous. Something about gasoline."

A hostage negotiation team was called to the scene.

The suspect, Amaury Lopez, surrendered was taken into custody at around 4 p.m., police said. He faces charges of attempted murder, assault, kidnapping and domestic violence charges.

The home is located at 452 S. 9th Ave.

Cornelius Police, Forest Grove Police and Washington County sheriff’s deputies were on the scene. Firefighters were also on the scene.

"We were talking about the next steps for this plan and literally the next thing you know out he walks through the front door with his hands up, walked right to the officers, followed their commands, exactly as supposed to," said Forest Grove Fire spokesman David Nemeyer. "He made the right choice."