El Paso SWAT team arrests man barricaded at Hawthorne Suites


EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – The El Paso Police Department’s SWAT team arrested a man who had barricaded himself in a hotel office on Tuesday morning.

The man was barricaded in the Hawthorne Suites in the 6700 block of Boeing.

The incident started as a trespassing call at about 6:30 p.m. and it ended with the arrest of Luis Francisco Wong at about 8:20 a.m. when police announced he had surrendered to the SWAT team.

Police said when officers arrived Wong had locked himself in an office and then claimed to have flammable liquid and threatened to “light the place up,” as officers tried to enter.

Both the SWAT and Crisis Intervention teams were called to the scene and Wong turned himself in once he saw the SWAT officers.

Wong was arrested and is facing a criminal mischief charge for about $10,000 worth of damage. He also had an outstanding warrant for theft. 

He is currently being booked into the system, police said. 

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