Las Cruces – Las Cruces Police arrested four individuals involved in an affray - one of whom barricaded himself in an apartment with his 18-month-old child and forced an hours-long SWAT callout that was finally resolved after 9 p.m. Monday.
Pierre Cordell Roundtree, 26, Sherrell Loise Faye Jackson, 24, Phylicia A. Manning, 20, and Ricky Alexander, 18, were arrested Monday, Feb. 21, for their involvement in the affray at a home on the 600 block of Foster Road.
Detectives learned that at around 4 p.m. on Monday, Roundtree approached a 42-year-old woman and struck her face with a Tonka Truck toy. Two passers-by, a married couple, tried to intervene but were instead physically assaulted by the four suspects.
The victims were transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.
Jackson, Manning and Alexander were arrested shortly after the brawl as they drove into the parking lot of the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Walton Boulevard. Roundtree was located, with his son, at their residence on the 1600 block of Walnut St. Roundtree initially opened the door for the first-responding officer but quickly slammed it shut and barricaded himself inside.
The Las Cruces Police Department's SWAT team was called to the scene and, over the course of several hours, attempted to persuade Roundtree out of the apartment. Finally, shortly after 9 p.m., Roundtree was taken into custody after emerged from the apartment holding his son in front of him. The 18-month-old was covered with feces, had a soiled diaper and was transported to an area hospital where he received medical attention.
Roundtree is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, negligent child abuse and two counts of contempt. Alexander is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and aggravated battery on a peace officer. Manning and Jackson each face two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.