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Police: Man who caused standoff showed up inside neighbor's house, stole property

Homeowner says neighbor came in through doggie-door

Strange circumstances surround Springs standoff

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A Springs man is facing a burglary charge after police say he unlawfully entered his neighbor's home, stole and damaged property, and caused an hours-long standoff with police.

Police identified him as 38-year-old Steve Carpe.

The standoff happened in the 4100 block of Morley Circle, near Jet Wing Drive and Astrozon Boulevard Tuesday evening.

Carpe's neighbor, Brian, who didn't want to give his last name, says he'd tried to help him with issues in the past, but never expected him to show up uninvited.

Brian said Carpe came in through his doggie-door, went through his guns and took his prescription pain medication. Brian said he pointed a gun at Carpe when he found him, but then left and called police.

Colorado Springs Police said that earlier in the day, Carpe had gotten in a fight with his wife.

Police said Nicole Carpe, 35, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault after it was determined she assaulted her husband with a weapon, injuring him.

Officers, including SWAT and K9 units, blocked off Morley Circle and surrounded the two homes starting around 4:15 p.m. Carpe was taken into custody at about 6:45 p.m. 

Brian said, at that point, Carpe had left his home and returned to his own house on Morley Circle.

"The guy broke in his house, or came in his house, and that's just a bad deal," said neighbor Sherill Sheldon. "I don't know what I would've done."

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