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Police arrest local man involved in alleged standoff

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A local man alleged to have been involved in a Wednesday standoff with police was arrested late last week.

Mark Stephen Henderson, 54, of Roswell was arrested about noon Friday, according to an official with the Chaves County Detention Center.

Roswell Police Department spokesman Todd Wildermuth confirmed the arrest.

Henderson was being held without bond until appearing before a Chaves County magistrate judge on the contempt of court charge, which arose from the Wednesday incident on East Country Club Road.

According to the criminal complaint filed that day with the magistrate court, Roswell Police Department officers were called to the Spanish Gate condominium complex by a woman who said she had a temporary restraining order against Henderson and that he had entered the home about 8 a.m. that day and had locked himself in the back bedroom.

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She reportedly told police that Henderson said that he didn’t care about the restraining order, and that she had heard sounds of a gun being loaded.

Police officers, including members of the SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) unit, arrived at the Spanish Gate unit to find the woman there with her grandchild, daughter and son-in-law.

After the four left the home, police called out repeatedly to Henderson, with no response. The complaint states that an officer could hear noises in the bedroom where Henderson was said to be.

According to Roswell Police records and the criminal complaint, Henderson also had been arrested and jailed Monday on a charge of domestic battery, with the alleged victim identified as the same woman who had called police Wednesday.

That arrest had resulted in a no-contact order granted by Magistrate Judge K.C. Rogers. A temporary restraining order also was issued by 5th Judicial District Judge Kea Riggs, but had not been served on Henderson by Friday, the criminal complaint states.

Court records also indicate that Henderson is involved in a legal dispute with the homeowners’ association for Spanish Gate concerning a unit he owns. The civil matter had been scheduled for a March 18 hearing before Judge Riggs.

The contempt of court charge is a petty misdemeanor, according to court dockets.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 311, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.