Suicide threate sparks standoff

"The man who started a hoax about masked burglars breaking into his home in January has again brought about a massive police response, Oak Harbor police say.Oak Harbor police and Navy security spent about four hours Monday night dealing with a man who barricaded himself in a home in Navy housing.He's the same man who spawned a massive police response and a lock-down of Olympic View Elementary in January by making up a story about two masked burglars who surprised him in his home and assaulted him.Oak Harbor Police Capt. Rick Wallace said Navy security had given 19-year-old Brandon Massey a ban letter, which prohibited him from going to his Lark Street home where his estranged wife and child live.But around 5 p.m. Monday, Wallace said Navy security was called to the Lark Street apartment near Olympic View to find that Massey was there alone.Wallace said Massey threatened to kill himself, so Navy security surrounded the area and called in the Oak Harbor Police Department's Special Response Team, which is basically a SWAT team. Negotiators with the police department and the Navy Criminal Investigative Service contacted Massey and tried to talk him out.According to Wallace, Massey told them he had knives positioned around the house, had cut himself and had taken a large number of pills.At around 9 p.m., Massey finally contacted a Special Response Team member and came out peacefully.Massey, who had only superficial wounds and apparently hadn't ingested a live-threatening number of pills, was taken to Whidbey General Hospital for a mental health evaluation. Doctors decided he was not a threat to himself and released him to police.In the earlier incident, police said Massey admitting making up a story about two masked men who broke into his home and cut him with a box cutter knife.Coincidentally, a child at the nearby elementary school saw a person with a ski mask in the woods a few minutes after Massey called 911 with the made-up story. As a precaution, police locked down the school for about an hour and a half.Police later concluded that the person in the woods was probably someone playing paintball.According to Wallace, investigators believe Massey made up the story in order to cover up bad checks he had apparently written at the Exchange to buy stereo equipment.Wallace said the Navy is going to handle prosecuting Massey through federal court. He is facing misdemeanor charges of criminal trespassing and obstructing a public servant for the incident this week, plus felony theft charges in relation to the bad checks at the Exchange."

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