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Police arrest man accused of chasing woman with ax

Updated Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 | 12:23 p.m.

A 22-year-old man who allegedly chased a woman through an apartment complex with an ax surrendered after barricading himself inside an apartment for three hours, Metro Police said.

Rickie Norelus, 22, of Las Vegas was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on a count of assault with a deadly weapon.

The woman had been walking through the apartment complex in the 3800 block of Swenson Street when Norelus allegedly began yelling and chased her with an ax, Metro Police said.

She escaped to a safe location and called police just before 7 a.m., officials said.

When officers arrived, Norelus had barricaded himself inside an apartment. He appeared agitated and refused to come out, police said.

Occupants in surrounding apartments were evacuated as a precaution, and SWAT officers were called, police said.

Norelus surrendered after SWAT officers arrived.

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