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Man barricades self in Manoa church, leaves giant mess

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The suspect barricaded himself inside this room at the Honolulu Christian Church The suspect barricaded himself inside this room at the Honolulu Christian Church

A messy room and several cracked windows are all that's left the morning after a man broke into the Honolulu Christian Church Saturday night.

Around 5:30 p.m., officers responded from the Honolulu Police Department's Specialized Services Division blocked off a stretch of O'ahu Avenue to respond to a possible barricade situation. The standoff kept nearby residents out of their homes for nearly six hours.

"There was a couple cop cars coming through and as I made another lap around, I saw some swat guys get out of the car in their gear and all the works and just wondering what was going on," said Dylan Garrity, who lives in the area.

Gaylord Ching, one of the church's workers, was cooking inside the building and saw the suspect hours before he broke in.

"He was sleeping outside of the fence so I didn't bother him," Ching said."I came back around the same way and then, I seen the screen down. I said, 'somebody must have come in, but I don't know who.'"

Police eventually arrested a 32-year-old man at the scene without incident.  Ching is thankful the situation didn't end worse.

"At least he's safe, everybody' s safe, neighbors are safe," Ching said. "Just sorry about the neighbors that had to stay out late, but better safe than sorry."

The suspect was taken to the hospital for a mental health evaluation. Police have also opened a burglary investigation.