Man arrested in Denver motel standoff also accused of holding Englewood resident at gunpoint

Omar Dwaik has eight-page CO arrest history

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Police say a gunman arrested after a standoff at a Denver motel Tuesday night began the evening by holding an Englewood man at gunpoint in his apartment.

The suspect, 31-year-old Omar Dwaik, barricaded himself for four hours in a room at the Budget Host Inn in the Highlands neighborhood, police said.

Dwaik acted erratically, breaking into the motel by smashing a window with his fist and waiving a handgun out the window and door of the motel room, according to a witness and police.

Denver SWAT officers eventually used tear gas to flush from the man from the room and arrested him.

Police said the Dwaik's rampage began about 6 p.m. Tuesday with a home invasion at a man's apartment at 300 W. Grand Ave. in Englewood.

The male resident returned home and was surprised by a man with a gun, said Englewood police spokesman Investigator Brad Johnson.

The victim later told police the intruder threatened him with the gun and held him captive for about 90 minutes, Johnson said.

The victim told police the intruder fired the gun in the apartment and locked him inside a room.
Johnson said Dwaik then took a taxi to the Budget Host Inn at 2747 Wyandot St., where he was arrested after the standoff.

Dwaik, who was treated at a hospital for minor injuries to his arms and hands, was transferred to the custody of Englewood police on Wednesday morning.

He was booked into the Arapahoe County Detention Facility on first-degree burglary in the home invasion, Johnson said, adding that Dwaik faces several additional felony crimes. Johnson didn't have details on what those charges might be. His bond was set at $50,000.

Dwaik has an eight-page Colorado arrest history, including felony arrests for assault with a deadly weapon, menacing, domestic violence, drug possession, identity theft, motor vehicle theft and carrying a concealed weapon.


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