The Arlington County police deployed a six-member SWAT team to an apartment building at 102 S. Courthouse Rd. early yesterday after a tenant, Samuel Wright, 42, refused to be questioned about an armed robbery, police reported.
According to police, Wright surrendered peacefully after hour-long telephone negotiations with the team.
Police said they called Wright from a phone booth in the Washington-Lee Shopping Center on S. Wayne Street and requested that he leave his apartment for questioning about an armed robbery that occured in the shopping center parking lot shortly after midnight.
According to a police spokeman, Wright said "his girl friend was with him and there was no way police were going to get him out."
Wright was sought for questioning in connection with the armed robbery of Nicholas A. Schreher, 30, of 2116 S. 2n St.
Police said Schreher was walking home through the parking lot of the shopping center when he was approached by two men armed with a gun who demanded money.
Police said that when Schreher hesitated, one of the men smashed his glasses with the gun and fled on foot after taking an undisclosed amount of money.
Schreher was taken to Arlington Hospital where he was treated for a head wound and released, police said.
Shortly before 3 a.m., police said they called Wright's apartment. When Wright refused to leave, a SWAT team mobilized outside his apartment and persuaded him to surrender, police said.
Wright later was charged with armed robbery and malicious wounding, police said.