Suspect charged, baby safe following hostage situation in northeast Houston, HPD says

Jose Ivan Padron, 31, has been charged with two felonies, endangering a child and evading in a motor vehicle. (Houston Police Department)

HOUSTON – A barricaded suspect was arrested and a baby is safe following a hostage situation in northeast Houston Monday, officers with the Houston Police Department said.

Jose Ivan Padron, 31, has been charged with two felonies, endangering a child and evading in a motor vehicle.

Officers were reportedly called to a scene at 8800 JC Oaks Circle for reports of a barricaded suspect inside of a vehicle with his baby around 1:20 a.m. When officers arrived at the scene, they were told that Padron was trying to flee the scene with the 8-month-old baby after assaulting his wife.

Police said they waited for backup and tried to stop the vehicle in traffic, but Padron fled.

Officers said Padron led police on a pursuit for about 15-20 minutes. Eventually, he returned to the area where police were called and stayed inside his vehicle, HPD said.

Police said they negotiated with Padron for a while and eventually had to request backup from HPD SWAT and hostage negotiators. Negotiators were able to talk to him and convinced Padron to get out of the vehicle and hand the baby off, investigators said.

According to HPD, Padron had open warrants for felony evading arrest and DWI. The charges for the hostage incident are currently pending, police said.

Investigators said Padron is married to the child’s mother and they don’t think he intended to harm the child. Officers believe Padron may pose a risk to the child after trying to flee the police.

An unarmed suspect is in custody and a baby is safe following a hostage situation in northeast Houston Monday, officers with the Houston Police Department said.

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