Assault suspect in custody after Roanoke standoff

Published: Sep. 5, 2023 at 12:09 PM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - The suspect in an assault in northwest Roanoke is in custody after a two-and-a-half-hour standoff Tuesday.

Rodolfo Benitez, 30 of Roanoke, faces four charges, including domestic assault and battery.

Police say the suspect is accused of assaulting a female, who is not seriously injured, then holding police at bay while they worked to get him to surrender.

”There was no weapon used in the assault, but there [was] suspicion that he [did] have a weapon while he [was] in the house so that’s why we are using these resources to address the situation,” Roanoke police deputy chief Jerry Stokes said.

Police found Benitez in a storage building attached to the house in the 4500 block of Arcadia Drive NW.

Standoff on Arcadia Drive in NW Roanoke... 9.5.23
Standoff on Arcadia Drive in NW Roanoke... 9.5.23(WDBJ7)