Cleveland man charged with rape after 7-hour SWAT standoff

September 13, 2018

Cleveland man charged with rape after 7-hour SWAT standoff

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A man is charged with rape after a seven-hour standoff with a Cleveland police SWAT team.

Robert Brown, 51, is jailed on $500,000 bond after his first court appearance on Wednesday.

Brown attacked a woman Friday inside his home on Damon Avenue and raped her, according to court records. The woman escaped the home and called 911.

Cleveland police went to the home about 6 a.m. and Brown barricaded himself inside, police said. 

A Cleveland police SWAT team surrounded the home until Brown surrendered about 1 p.m.

He was taken to MetroHealth for treatment of minor self-inflicted injuries, police said.

Brown has a history of violence dating back to the early 1990s. He was sentenced to three to 15 years in prison for stabbing a woman in 1990 during a burglary. He was paroled in 1991.

In April 1994, he hit a woman with his car during a chase with Cleveland police.

A month later, he broke into his then-wife’s home while their divorce case was pending, violating the protection order she had against him.

He kicked the door in, put his hand over her mouth as she slept on the couch and told her not to scream. He spent an hour trying to talk her out of pressing charges against him for a domestic violence case that was pending at the time and threatened to kill himself if she refused.

Brown was sentenced to serve between six and 15 years in prison in that case. He also was convicted in 2006 of drug possession.

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