Roanoke County police ended a standoff Monday afternoon that started during a robbery investigation in north county.
Six people — four men and two women — were detained by police following the standoff. Their identities weren’t immediately available.
The standoff began late Monday morning after officers detained one man and another man retreated into a north county house. Officers were able to get a phone into the house, and the man wanted for questioning and the other occupants surrendered to police.
Police were investigating a robbery at a Clipper Mart that happened on Saturday morning, according to Assistant Police Chief Chuck Mason. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken in that robbery.
Officers and a SWAT team were involved in the operation in the 5800 block of Santa Anita Terrace, which is in a neighborhood between Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens and Williamson Road. Neighbors gathered around a police command center described it as a normally quiet, peaceful area.
Officers made contact with the five people in the house about 1:45 p.m., and after speaking with several negotiators the people came out one by one, Mason said. Those five people were charged with obstruction of justice, but other charges are pending, he said.
About 2:30 p.m., police were searching the house for evidence in the robbery investigation, and that investigation continues, Mason said.