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College Station bar standoff suspect faces new charges

Michael Blake Jones. (Law enforcement photo)
Michael Blake Jones. (Law enforcement photo)(KWTX)
Published: Aug. 13, 2018 at 11:38 AM CDT
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College Station Police late Tuesday announced the man who held them off for 16 hours is now charged with committing an act of Family Violence in addition to his charge of Criminal Mischief.

Police say Michael Blake Jones, 38, of Bryan was dating a person who was inside of Rockies Grill and Saloon when the first shots were fired.

Jones was taken into custody after officers rammed the building with an armored personnel carrier.

Jones surrendered just after 3 a.m. Tuesday after a standoff that started at around 11 a.m. Monday at Rockies Grill and Saloon.

Authorities say the force of the impact of the personnel carrier triggered the bar’s sprinkler system, which forced Jones outside where he was arrested.

Jones was initially facing a criminal mischief charge for damaging a College Station police robot that officers were using in an attempt to establish contact with him.

As the robot moved toward the front of the building, Jones walked out into the parking lot, grabbed it and tipped it over before going back inside.

The standoff started after officers responded to reports that a man entered the bar Monday morning and fired a gun.

Shots fired inside the building later in the day were evidently intended as warnings, police said.

Texas Avenue between Southwest Parkway and Krenek Tap Road re-opened just after 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Police evacuated Park Place Plaza and other nearby businesses because of the standoff and businesses on both sides of Texas Avenue near Rockies were asked to shelter in place.

College Station police said on Twitter that evacuees from businesses were escorted to the TruFit parking lot at 2412 Texas Avenue.