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He Refused to Go Back to Prison—Until the Pizza Arrived

Florida suspect nabbed after 4-hour standoff
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 1, 2019 11:30 AM CST
Officers reenact Tuesday's pizza delivery.   (Pensacola Police Department)
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(Newser) – "Never underestimate the power of pizza with flavored crust." That's according to Florida's Pensacola Police Department, whose promise of pizza convinced a suspect to surrender Tuesday, thereby ending a four-hour standoff. Cops responding to a report of a possible battery arrived at a home around 10am to find the suspect barricaded inside with what he said was "a gun to his head," reports the Pensacola News Journal. Police say Evan Charles McLemore, who previously served 18 months in prison for battery, claimed "he was not going back to prison" despite a preexisting warrant for aggravated stalking. Earlier this month, McLemore's stepmother told police he'd held a knife to his grandmother's throat and threatened to kill her. She said the 33-year-old had also tried to strangle his father and sent numerous threatening texts, per WKRN.

McLemore eventually surrendered as a SWAT team dangled a meal. "Yes, it's true. We ended a standoff with a barricaded suspect by delivering him a pizza," reads a post on the department's Facebook page. The department wouldn't comment on pizza toppings, citing "Operational Security and all that." Per the News Journal, it's not actually clear if McLemore got a slice before he was taken away on the additional charge of resisting an officer without violence. In addition to allegedly threatening to set "Nazi prison associates" on family members, McLemore is accused of texting the Coldplay lyrics, "Lights will guide you home and ignite your bones and I will try to fix you." Per Fox News, the words from the song "Fix You" were "meant by the band to be uplifting, though it's unclear how McLemore may have meant them." (Read more weird crimes stories.)

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