Barricade Ends with Arrest
By Major Shawn Kimmitz
February 14, 2022

A suspect is jailed without bond after a seven hour barricade in North Stafford.

On February 13th at 11:00 p.m. deputies responded to Garrison Woods Apartments for a disturbance. The investigation revealed the homeowner and suspect had been arguing in the apartment. The suspect assaulted the victim, her juvenile child and a dog in the residence. The victim was able to leave the apartment with her children and call law enforcement. As deputies arrived on the scene, the suspect barricaded himself in the home.

The suspect was identified as Steven Obajolu, 30, of Burke. Deputies discovered Obajolu was wanted by Virginia State Police for a Sex Offender Registry violation and by Alexandria City for a probation violation. Both charges are felonies. The Crisis Negotiation Team established contact with Obajolu, but he refused to come out and threatened that he had a firearm. Deputies obtained additional warrants as the SWAT Team and Drone Team responded.

The SWAT Team used the BearCat armored vehicle to force the front door open and deployed the robot into the home. Exterior windows were breached to deploy drones into the apartment. The suspect broke off negotiations several times, insisting that he would not go back to jail. During the incident he threw the robot and a drone from a window, damaging the equipment.

Just before 6:00 a.m. as negotiations stalled, OC gas was deployed into the apartment. A second round of OC gas was deployed at 6:19 a.m. which had the desired effect of flushing the suspect from the apartment. He surrendered to law enforcement and received a washout from the Fire and Rescue crew.

Obajolu was served the outstanding warrants and additionally charged with unlawful entry, two counts of assault and battery, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and animal cruelty. Additional charges are pending based on the damaged equipment. Contrary to his statement he would not return to jail, Obajolu was held without bond at the Rappahannock Regional Jail.