YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The man at the center of a two-hour standoff Monday afternoon is in custody after a SWAT situation at a home in Youngstown.
Joseph Derrico, 28, was arrested on outstanding warrants out of Youngstown and Girard. He’s also charged with the robbery of the Home Savings and Loan in East Liverpool.
It all started when the FBI showed up at 1540 Kensington Avenue, following leads about the bank robbery.
The standoff lasted about two hours after the FBI talked with Derrico outside. They said he went back in the house and wouldn’t come out.
“They didn’t know if he had any weapons in there or not. He claimed that he did. To be on the safe side, keep everybody safe, we were called here to help get him out of the house,” said Jeff Saluga with the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office.
The SWAT team and negotiators were called to the house and were able to eventually talk him out.
“After a little while of negotiating with him, he came out the back door and surrendered to us,” Saluga said.
SWAT said Derrico wasn’t hurt and nobody was inside with him.
“Walked out with no shirt on, hands up in the air, and listened to the officers’ requests and that was it,” Saluga said.
He said having negotiators on the scene was critical.
“The key is, we had communication with him, which, to us, is great. As long as we still have communication and we’re able to do that, it helps us out tremendously.”
People who live on Kensington watched everything play out. In situations like this, neighbors can also be very helpful.
“Some of these neighbors have actually been in the house,” Saluga said. “So if we have to go in the house, we pretty much have a layout of what the house is like and it makes our job 10 times easier.”
Officers went in the house just before 6 p.m. after Derrico was in custody to make sure there were no other people or weapons inside.