SWAT involved in arrest of Columbia man

Thursday, October 14, 2010 | 12:52 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Scott Boulevard was shut down when a man refused to leave his apartment Wednesday night after the Columbia Police Department arrived at his residence. The road was closed for a undetermined period of time during the incident, Columbia Police Department spokeswoman Jessie Haden said.

Edward C. Whitaker, of 200 Scott Blvd., Apartment B, was wanted for arrest for two felony warrants, according to a news release from the department. He was asked to exit his apartment at 10:45 p.m. by officers, the release said.

A "Code Red" was called when Whitaker refused to exit and instead attempted to leave through the attic of another unoccupied unit. The code means "SWAT activation to a critical incident," Haden said in an e-mail. 

The SWAT team took Whitaker, 45, into custody around 4 a.m. Thursday, the release said.

"I was advised that Whitaker was hiding in the attic when he was apprehended, but I don't know the particulars yet with regard to them getting him down out of the attic," Haden said in the email.

Whitaker was arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary, failure to register as a sex offender, resisting arrest, driving with a revoked license and endangering the welfare of a child, according to the release. 

As of Thursday, Whitaker was being held in the Boone County Jail on a $14,500 bond.

Haden said in the email that she has received no information regarding injuries. 

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