BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Terrace Drive is normally a quiet, dead-end street. But Thursday, what started as a neighborhood dispute grew much larger.
Police made a dramatic arrest after serving an arrest warrant, according to Boardman Police Chief Jack Nichols.
Police from Mahoning Valley Crisis Response Team, the U.S. Marshals and Boardman Police arrived at the house Thursday morning, and a SWAT vehicle came as well. Just before noon, police set up caution tape about 150 feet from the house. Police started calling to the suspect via loudspeaker to exit the house, and eventually, two kids exited the house. Police entered the house around 12:15 and arrested Rana Smith on a warrant with a charge of menacing by stalking, and also charged her with obstructing police, menacing and endangering children.
Police said that when they went to serve the warrant Thursday morning, Smith barricaded herself in the house, along with her two teenage kids, and refused to leave. Because she was known to have firearms, police evacuated neighbors, including Gerald Hatfield.
Hatfield said he was impressed with the protection police gave him.
“I had to walk out under a shield. I felt like I was in the movies,” Hatfield said.
Editor’s note: A subtitle in an earlier version of this story stated that police were serving a search warrant at the house. They are serving an arrest warrant. An earlier version of this story also stated that police arrested and charged four people, when in fact, they arrested and charged only Smith.