Standoff ends peacefully in Rogers Park

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ROGERS PARK – Hours after it started, a standoff ended in Rogers Park Thursday afternoon.

Chicago police responded to reports of a man throwing glass from the window of his apartment in a building near Ashland and West Farwell around 9:45 a.m.

“We get out in the courtyard and the masonry workers said go back inside.  He was chucking glass out the window,” neighbor Scott Anderson said.

Neighbors said the man has been acting erratically for at least a month since he moved back into the condo he owns.  Downstairs neighbor Mark Lipke called the police several times, including for flooding his apartment and playing loud music.

“I went up there and he pointed a machete in my face literally right in my face, threatening to kill me just for knocking on his door and introducing myself,” Lipke said.

Lipke and the man were supposed to be in court Monday but he never showed, so a warrant was issued for his arrest.

A SWAT team was called in the man barricaded himself inside his apartment and at one point threatened to jump from a window. Anderson said the man was also yelling that he wanted to murder certain people in the building.

Several hours after it started, it ended.  Peacefully.  No shots were fired.  The man was taken away in an ambulance. He was taken to the hospital for evaluation.