The man barricaded in a home in the northwest part of the valley, is now in police custody, according to sources with Metro Police. Apparently, the suspect, Antown Perkins, who is also accused of kidnapping and child sex assault, tried to kill himself before officers came in, but he was unsuccessful.
His self-infliceted injuries appear to be non-life threatening, police said.
Officers started investigating the barricade situation near W. Lone Mountain Road and Simmons Street late Friday evening when Perkins took up in a home that was not his own.
Metro held a news conference Friday night to tell the media what happened when they entered the home.
Metro named Perkins as a suspect in the kidnapping and sexual assault of a Ralph Cadwallader Middle School student Friday afternoon.
Police said on Thursday, Jan. 24 at approximately 11:20 a.m. officers were dispatched to a middle school located in the 7700 block of Elkhorn Road to investigate a report of a kidnapping and sexual assault. The victim had arrived at the school and reported to staff that they had been kidnapped and assaulted while on the way to school earlier that morning.
An investigation by the LVMPD Sexual Assault Section indicated that the student was walking to school and passed a convenience store near the intersection of Farm Road and Cimarron Road when a black dually pickup pulled up next to the victim and a man, who is thought to be Perkins, got out of the truck and forced the victim into the vehicle.
The suspect drove to another location, sexually assaulted the victim, and eventually dropped the victim back off in the area where the victim was originally abducted.
The victim ran to school and immediately reported the incident to school officials and that’s when the police were notified.
Detectives quickly identified a person of interest in this case as 35-year-old Perkins. The black dually pickup was located yesterday at Perkins’ place of employment, but Perkins was not there.
Metro said surveillence of Perkins led them to the apartment where he was holed up during the barricade. They said they’re not sure if the assault against the Cadwadllader student was a very brazen crime leading officers to believe this is not the first time he has done this. Metro says detectives will investigate to see if there are any other crimes they can tie Perkins to.