Man who danced on roof during barricade has court date

The man who barricaded himself in a house on Indianapolis' northeast side, then later danced on the roof appeared at his first pre-trial conference Thursday.

Officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department responded to a house on the 3500 block of Layman Avenue around 10:30 a.m. Monday 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.

He then went into the house and onto the roof with the knife in his hand. An IMPD officer then fired rubber bullets at him, and he retreated back into the house.

VIDEO: Man in police standoff dances on roof before being apprehended

Around 11 a.m., smoke was seen coming from the house, leading to the fire department being called to the scene.


Russ came back out as a detective tried to talk him off the roof. He threw his knife at the ground, but didn't leave the roof. 

Russ then began dancing on the roof with smoke and flames behind him. Police went in the aerial ladder, tased him, then took him into custody at around 11:40 a.m.

For exclusive video of the suspect dancing of the roof of the house and of police tasing him, click the video player above.

Police say the man is known to have anger issues. He was smiling as he was taken away on a gurney.


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