It was a tense afternoon in a quiet Stuart neighborhood when police, with their weapons drawn, responded to a hostage situation near the 1600 block of Palm Beach Road.
Patrick A. Rogan
Stuart police say officers are in a standoff with a gunman who has a hostage at 16th Court and Palm Beach Road.
STUART, Fla. - It was a tense afternoon in a quiet Stuart neighborhood when police, with their weapons drawn, responded to a hostage situation near the 1600 block of Palm Beach Road.
Police said Patrick Rogan was holding his girlfriend against her will.
Records reveal Rogan has served more than a decade for manufacturing and selling meth. He was released in January.
"He had a night of drinking and drug use. He became upset with his girlfriend at some point during the evening hours," said Stuart Police Detective Jeffrey Kittredge.
His 18-year-old son, who investigators say is on the autism spectrum, walked out the house, and over to a neighbor.
Police were called, neighbors were evacuated, and SWAT was deployed as investigators thought a gun might be involved.
Soon after, police said Rogan's girlfriend made a run for it. "The female was actually was able to escape out the front door, wrapped in a comforter or a sheet, and was hysterical.
Now alone in the house, police were able to focus on Rogan and draw him out after about 90 minutes of negotiation.
He just wanted a cigarette, police said.
He's facing charges of false imprisonment, sexual battery, battery, and aggravated assault, police said.