Robbery suspect arrested Sunday in Vinton

By By Johnathan Manning / American Press

A five-and-a-half hour standoff Sunday night ended when a State Police SWAT team entered a Vinton apartment to apprehend a

robbery suspect, town officials said.

Scott Edward Frye, 46, 805 U.S. 90 West, was charged with simple robbery and resisting an officer with force or violence,

Vinton Police Chief Ricky Fox said.

Frye, who has a bond of $110,000, is currently under psychiatric evaluation at a local hospital, he said.

Around 8 p.m. Sunday, Vinton police received a call of a possible armed robbery at M & K Pantry on U.S. 90, Fox said.

The police chief said his office has not been able to substantiate reports that Frye was armed.

A Vinton police officer who was working a call of suspicious activity at an apartment complex across the street responded

to the call, Fox said.

As he did so, the suspect walked in front of his vehicle and into an apartment, Fox said.

Upon learning the suspect’s description at the store, the officer went to the apartment, but Frye had locked himself inside,

Fox said, but Frye didn’t live there.

When he refused to come out, Vinton police requested an Louisiana State Police SWAT team, Fox said.

After negotiations failed, the SWAT team entered the apartment at 1:30 a.m., Fox said.

Fox said Frye has “an extensive criminal history with the Vinton Police Department.”