A man who barricaded himself in a house on Indianapolis’ northeast side, then later danced on the roof was taken into custody by police Monday morning.
Officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department responded to a house on the 3500 block of Layman Avenue around 10:30 a.m. for a barricaded subject. Police say a man, later identified by authorities as Matthew Russ, 25, stole his ex-girlfriend’s keys from her house, took her car and crashed it into a pole. Police say they found Russ in a chair in the driveway holding a knife. When Russ saw the police, he ran back into the house with the knife. At that point in time, the girlfriend ran out of the house.
Police believe that Russ set the house on fire, and then he went onto the roof of the house while it was in flames, and he started dancing. Police shot rubber bullets at Russ and tased him. At that point in time they were able to get him into custody, so they could transport him to Eskenazi Hospital.
The Indianapolis Fire Department successfully extinguished the fire.