Man arrested in Newport SWAT standoff

Newport SWAT situation
Robert Calderon (Photo provided)
Robert Calderon (Photo provided)

NEWPORT, KY (FOX19) - A 38-year-old man is under arrest and a female hostage is safe after a SWAT situation in Newport this morning.

Police from Bellevue, Newport and Fort Thomas responded to a residence on Wilson Drive near Memorial Parkway after receiving a hang-up 911 call at 2:06 a.m.

Another call came in about a minute later about a domestic violence situation unfolding inside the home, said Newport Police Chief Tom Collins.

"You could hear a male voice telling the female 'go ahead and tell them. Go ahead and tell them I've got you held,'" the chief quoted the tape. "Then 'the hell with 911.' And we have not been able to make contact with them since then."

After that call, police also received a report of a gunshot being fired, although they did not hear it.

SWAT negotiators attempted to talk to the suspect, identified as Robert Calderon, inside the home and then burst through the front door about 6:30 a.m.

They found the Calderon and woman in a back bedroom and took him into custody without further incident.

He was booked into the Campbell County jail just after 8 a.m. on charges of unlawful imprisonment and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon. Police said he has an extensive criminal history.

Calderon, who is from Chicago, faces a judge at 9 a.m. Friday.

The woman was not hurt.

A gun was recovered from under a pillow.

The woman's father, Kurt Belcher, said he has been trying to warn her to stay away from the suspect. 

"I woke up this morning around 3 a.m. to ... a hostage situation here at my daughters house," he said. "She's been with this guy a few months and we've tried to tell her he's no good, and now she's learned the hard way. Sometimes things have to be learned the hard way. Thank God for the police, and the way it turned out." 

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