Suspect Flees Crime Scene, Crashes through Neighbor's Ceiling

Police say an early morning standoff ended when their suspect tried to get away though a neighbor's crawl space, but then fell through the ceiling. KLBK's Alison Morris reports.
LUBBOCK- Just after 1 a.m. Monday police responded to a domestic dispute in an apartment in the 36 hundred block of Itasca where they said Adam Joshua Plyler was inside, armed with a handgun.

"It is a quadroplex and so there's multiple families that live there and it just adds a whole different element of danger for everybody- for people who don't even know that they're in danger," said Sergeant Jason Lewis with LPD.

This was not the first time police had been called to the residence.

"It was a boyfriend- girlfriend sort of a thing and it sounded like an abusive relationship where he had come back, and maybe she was afraid of him, and he had made entry and maybe had assaulted her," said Lewis.

When police arrived Plyler barricaded himself inside a bathroom.

While officers evacuated everyone from the unit, Plyler climbed into the attic.

"The suspect was in the attic and had cut through a firewall into the neighbor's attic at 3620."

After getting through the firewall, Plyler crashed through the ceiling into a bedroom, right in front of the mother and daughter who lived in the apartment next door.

"They ended up involved and didn't even expect to be involved," said Lewis.

The neighbors reported Plyler jumped up, said, 'I'm not here to hurt you,' and took off down the stairs and out the front door, right into police custody.

Plyler is now facing charges of aggravated assault, criminal trespassing, felony possession of a firearm, stolen vehicle, and fraudulent possession of other people's information.

Police said other charges may also be pending.

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