Police vehicles blocked off a street near Lake Mead Boulevard and Buffalo Drive during a barricade situation on Feb. 27, 2014. (Shannon Moore/FOX5)
Sean Cordeiro (Source: LVMPD)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
A man who police said broke into a home, briefly held a family hostage and barricaded himself inside the residence Thursday, told detectives he was the person seen on TV news as the suspect in a rash of recent crimes.
In documents released Friday, detectives described details that led to the arrest of 33-year-old Sean Paul Cordeiro.
According to police, Cordeiro was detained inside a home near Buffalo Drive and Lake Mead Boulevard after a three-hour standoff with SWAT officers. Police said Cordeiro was the person who kicked in the front door of the home and threatened a woman and her three children who were inside.
In the documents, each of the family members recalled hearing a boom in the home that took place about 5 a.m. The woman told police her husband had just left for work before the noise was made.
The family members said they each heard a man's voice, saying he knew they were in the home and that he had a gun, according to documents. The woman of the home called police for help and then her husband.
According to the documents, the man then went upstairs to the master bedroom where the woman and two of her children were, telling them not to move. A third child was also brought to the master bedroom.
In the documents, the family said the man told them he had committed a crime and was on the run from police, and that he wanted to hide out at the home for several hours.
The man then demanded for a cell phone, which the woman led the suspect downstairs to retrieve. Documents said the man then attempted to sexually assault the woman during the retrieval only to be thwarted when police arrived.
The distraction allowed the woman to run back upstairs, lock herself inside the room with her children and be able to escape through a window with the help of SWAT officers, according to police.
After several hours alone in the home, Cordeiro was arrested in the laundry room of the home, carrying the homeowner's car keys, cell phone and the wrapper from frozen food, the documents said.
According to the documents, Cordeiro refused to answer questions without his attorney during an interview with investigators, but voluntarily expressed that he was recently released from prison after 12 years behind bars. He also told the detective he had been hooked on methamphetamine and at times would wake up in homes not knowing where he was.
Cordeiro also told detectives that his picture had been on television news the day before the break-in in connection to a robbery. Police later told FOX5 that Cordeiro matched the description of the suspect in that crime.
According to the documents, Cordeiro said he was disappointed that he wasn't shot and killed during the standoff, saying he did not want to return to prison.
Police said they also believe Cordeiro, before the break-in, stole a Chevy Camaro that had been parked a block away from the home involved in the standoff.
Documents also described finding spray-painted graffiti inside the garage of the home, with one vulgar message directed at police.
Cordeiro was booked into Clark County Detention Center on charges of home invasion, burglary, robbery, four counts of first degree kidnapping and attempted sexual assault.
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