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'Never Underestimate The Power Of Pizza': Man Ends Police Standoff After Being Offered A Slice

Evan Charles McLemore, charged with aggravated stalking and resisting an officer, allegedly threatened his stepmother with a text message containing cryptic Coldplay lyrics.

By Ethan Harfenist
Evan Charles McLemore

Authorities say a Florida man accused of threatening his family ended a four-hour standoff with police after he was promised some pizza.

Police say officers responded to a report of a possible battery at a Pensacola home on Tuesday where 33-year-old Evan Charles McLemore had barricaded himself in a room. McLemore allegedly claimed to "have a gun to his head," so they brought in a SWAT team, The Pensacola News Journal reports.

Crisis negotiators eventually managed to coax McLemore out with the promise of pizza. “Never underestimate the power of pizza with flavored crust,” the Pensacola Police Department wrote in a Facebook post.

McLemore allegedly told authorities that he had taken “many various narcotics” during the roughly four-hour-long standoff, according to an arrest report seen by the News Journal, and before he was taken into custody, he was first taken to a local hospital to be medically cleared. 

Before this arrest, there was a separate warrant out for him for aggravated stalking, according to online jail records.

McLemore’s stepmother reportedly contacted police earlier in February about disturbing text messages she was receiving from her stepson, according to the News Journal. One allegedly said, “You f—k with me and I am not the one that’s going to do anything but there’s people that will.”

In another, he allegedly typed Coldplay lyrics: “Lights will guide you home and ignite your bones and I will try to fix you.”

Additionally, the stepmother claimed that McLemore was physically violent in the past and even threatened to kill his grandmother on one occasion. She also said he threatened to call up “Nazi” associates from prison to inflict physical harm on people, according to the News Journal.

McLemore has been charged with resisting an officer without violence and aggravated stalking.

McLemore's bond was set at $105,000 bond. He is due to appear in court in three weeks’ time; jail records didn't list an attorney.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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