Washington man arrested after bizarre standoff involving banjo

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VANCOUVER, Wash. — A Vancouver man was taken into police custody after a standoff that featured the suspect serenading officers with a banjo, KPTV reports.

Officers were called to the 8500 block of NE 36th Circle on Sunday after reports of a naked man walking around with a knife. When they arrived at the man’s home, he refused to surrender.

Neighbors saw the man, identified by police as Andrew Helmsworth, yelling at officers, and said at one point, Helmsworth walked outside with a banjo, which he played for the officers.

Witnesses said the officers eventually subdued Helmsworth with what appeared to be a non-lethal round and took him into custody.

According to police, the investigation revealed that Helmsworth had assaulted a family member.

Helmsworth was arrested on a charge of felony assault and lodged at the Clark County Jail, police said.

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