Alexandria man charged with attempted 1st-degree rape following standoff on Church Street

ALEXANDRIA, La. (APD) - Following a standoff that lasted a little more than six hours, the Alexandria Police Department arrested an Alexandria man on charges of attempted first-degree rape.

The incident, which started at approximately 1 p.m., took place in the 3700 block of Church Street when officers were dispatched to a sexual assault investigation. The suspect remained inside the residence and refused to come out. Members of the Alexandria Police SWAT team as well as the Crisis Intervention Team were called to the scene and remained until the matter was resolved peacefully at approximately 6:35 p.m.

Mario Rue, 44, was taken into custody on an arrest warrant for attempted first-degree rape.

“I want to give a huge thanks to the members of the SWAT team and the Crisis Intervention Team for the way they handled themselves today,” said Alexandria Police Chief Jerrod King. These situations can easily get out of control, but these officers followed their training and were able to achieve a peaceful resolution while ensuring the safety of the suspect as well as the other residents in the neighborhood. I’m extremely proud of each one of them.”

“The members of the Crisis Intervention Team played a crucial role in seeing that this ended peacefully,” said Alexandria Mayor Jeff Hall. “This is why we invest in this specialized training, to ensure our officers are properly prepared to negotiate with individuals and keep situations like this from escalating. They did a great job today.”

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