Husband, Wife Arrested After Standoff in Spring Hill
Deputies used tear gas to get them to come out of their home, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said.
SPRING HILL – Deputies used tear gas to peacefully end an hours-long standoff with a husband and wife who refused to come out of their house, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said.
James Richard Newcome, 57, of Spring Hill, was charged with one count each of burglary of a vehicle with a firearm, resisting arrest without violence, and making a false 911 call. His wife, Umaima Jeevanjee Newcome, 45, was charged with one count of resisting arrest without violence.
The incident began just before 8 p.m. Friday (Sept. 14) when Hernando deputies were dispatched to Long Hill Court in Spring Hill regarding a disturbance.
Upon arrival, deputies spoke to Joshua Swisher, who told them that he was helping his brother, Joseph, deliver medication. Joseph Swisher works for a pharmacy in New Port Richey, and the brothers were delivering medication to patients’ homes.
When the pair arrived at the Long Hill Court address with a delivery, Joshua Swisher waited in the vehicle while Joseph Swisher went to the door with the medication.
Moments later, a man, later identified as Newcome, approached the driver’s side of Joshua Swisher’s vehicle asking him what he was doing and why he was there. Deputies said Newcome reached into his pants pocket and pulled out a handgun. While Newcome did not point the handgun at Joshua Swisher, he did say that he was licensed to carry it and was protecting the neighbor’s property. Newcome then reached into Joshua Swisher’s vehicle and took the cell phone that was sitting in his lap.
Newcome put the gun back in his pocket and walked to the front door of the residence where the medication delivery was being made. Newcome spoke to his neighbor briefly and gave him Joshua Swisher’s cell phone, so he could return it. Newcome then went back to Joshua Swisher’s vehicle, again showed him the gun and again asked why he was there. Newcome then returned to his own home.
When Joseph Swisher returned to the vehicle with the cell phone, Joshua Swisher contacted the Hernando sheriff.
Deputies said that, when they arrived, Newcome was uncooperative, retreated into his residence and refused to come out. Newcome’s wife, Umaima, was also inside the house. Umaima Newcome was also uncooperative with law enforcement, and refused to leave the residence.
During the investigation, Newcome continually called 9-1-1, telling operators that he would “take care of this in the morning” and insisting that deputies leave his property. James Newcome continually stated that he was not going to come out of the residence and that he and his wife were tired of people looking into their windows.
The SWAT and CRT teams were activated.
After several hours trying to get James and Umaima Newcome to come out of the house, the Hernando County Sheriff’s SWAT team fired tear gas into the home. Both Newcome and his wife left the house and were taken into custody. Both refused to cooperate with the investigation.
Photo shows James Richard Newcome, left, and Umaima Jeevanjee Newcome.
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