Homeowner Furious After Police Destroy House During Standoff with Intruder
Leo Lech, a Colorado homeowner, had his home destroyed by police during a 19 hour standoff with a shoplifting suspect armed with a handgun. “If you look at the photos of Osama Bin Laden’s compound I would say his house looks better than mine does.”
Leo Lech's Greenwood Village home was blasted as SWAT teams worked to coax out Robert Seacat, a stranger who had barricaded himself inside while running from police Wednesday.
"There was one gunman with a handgun and they chose to turn this house into something that resembles Osama Bin Laden's compound," Lech told The Denver Channel.
Seacat barged into Lech's home after stealing from an Aurora Walmart, authorities said. The 9-year-old son of Lech's fiancé was home at the time and exited unharmed.
Authorities said they worked to bring Seacat out peacefully by isolating him inside the home. They cut power, fired flash grenades, sent in robots and blew open the sides and windows of the house.
The blasts were so powerful, a neighbor's car windshield shattered.
Seacat fired at police throughout the standoff and was taken into custody Thursday, officials said.
Here's Robert Jonathan Seacat in a previous mugshot and his new one: