SWAT standoff on Buford Highway ends with 3 arrested in prostitution case

When police got into the apartment, they said Juan Lorenzo-Nino tried to run from police through a self-made crawl space that he accessed through a trap door.

A barricaded suspect wanted in a prostitution case was arrested following a SWAT situation that shut down part of a busy road in DeKalb County and forced three schools in the area on lockdown.

Brookhaven police SWAT team got Juan Lorenzo-Nino, 51, to come out of an apartment building using “tear gas and other tactical means,” Maj. Brandon Gurley said at a press conference Friday. Lorenzo-Nino faces charges of keeping a place of prostitution, pimping and felony obstruction of law enforcement.

Two other people, Ana Luisa Oquendo, 34, and Hector Francisco Juarez-Flores, 39, were also arrested, Gurley said. Oquendo faces a prostitution charge and Juarez-Flores faces a pandering charge.

About 12:30 p.m., Brookhaven police arrived at the Buckhead Creek Apartments, located in the 2800 block of Buford Highway, to serve a search warrant involving a prostitution case, Gurley said.

According to police, Lorenzo-Nino attempted to escape into a crawl space that goes through the entire building and connects to another building.

"We had to evacuate the entire two buildings that were connected before we could begin tactical operations to try and get him out,” Gurley said. “It appears to be something that they created that was not a standard feature of the apartment.”

A Brookhaven police dog nabbed Lorenzo-Nino, Gurley said, adding the dog accidentally bit one of the police officers.

The officer was taken to a nearby hospital with a significant injury to his lower right leg. His condition was not released.

Three schools in the area — Cross Keys High School, Sequoyah Middle School and Woodward Elementary School — were placed on lockdown during the SWAT situation, Dekalb County schools spokeswoman Eileen Stewart-Houston said.

She told AJC.com the lockdown ended at 4 p.m.

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