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Man wanted by Denver police arrested after fleeing, breaking through Lakewood apartment walls

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Posted at 12:22 PM, Jan 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-17 14:33:53-05

DENVER — A man described by Denver police as "extremely violent" was arrested on Wednesday after trying to flee from police by breaking through walls of several apartment units in a Lakewood building.

Jacob Joseph Medina, 35, of Denver was wanted on felony warrants by police. On Wednesday evening, the West Metro SWAT Team responded to an apartment complex on the 1700 block of Kendall Street after receiving a report of a wanted man in one of the apartment units.

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Once Medina realized that police were looking to arrest him, he allegedly broke through the walls of multiple apartments in the building, Lakewood police said.

The complex was evacuated and Medina barricaded himself in one of the apartments. During that time, he allegedly started a fire, police said.

SWAT negotiators talked with Medina and he eventually came out of the building and was arrested.

He is being held at the Denver County Detention Center on suspicion of first-degree arson, three counts of second-degree burglary, criminal mischief, first-degree introduction of contraband, possession of Schedule II controlled substance, possession of burglary tools, possession of a weapon by a previous offender, and failure to leave premises.