published Friday, December 13th, 2013

Man wanted after 10-hour SWAT action arrested

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    Neighbors look on as Chattanooga SWAT officers converge outside a home on Tremont Street in this file photo.
    Photo by Maura Friedman /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The man Chattanooga Police SWAT officers were looking for after a 10-hour stakeout at a Tremont Street home Wednesday night was arrested by Hamilton County sheriff's deputies and booked at Hamilton County Jail at mid-day Thursday.

Alexander Petrochko, 37, reportedly came home late Wednesday night and began arguing with Alexandra Nelson, his live-in girlfriend.

Hamilton County General Sessions Court documents state the argument escalated over business visitors being in the home. Petrochko grabbed Nelson and threw her into several pieces of furniture, the police report stated.

Nelson then reportedly locked herself into a bathroom, but Petrochko picked the lock and forced his way in. Police documents said Petrochko grabbed Nelson by the hair and dragged her through the house before she broke free and ran outside, where her brother was waiting to pick her up.

Petrochko then walked onto the front porch and reportedly fired a handgun into the air. Police arrived soon after midnight to find him with a rifle, leaning over a rail on the porch.

Petrochko fled into the house and SWAT officers surrounded for 10 hours while they tried to get Petrochko to surrender.

Nelson told police that her boyfriend grabbed her and shoved her inside the house. Chattanooga SWAT officers did not clear Petrochko's home until 11 a.m. Thursday, but he wasn't there.

Petrochko got out of the house at some point and found an attorney in town.

Petrochko was arrested at the jail at 12:20 p.m. Thursday on a charge of simple domestic assault. His bond was set at $3,000. He has no prior record of violent offenses, according to official records.

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