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Man and woman arrested after Batavia standoff

BATAVIA – A 37-year-old Batavia man and a 27-year-old Rochester woman were both arrested after they voluntarily walked out of the Brooklyn Avenue home where a police standoff ended at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Thomas A. Culver remains in custody on second-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree menacing charges and Raquel D. Duval is charged with second-degree criminal trespass.

Police were dispatched to Culver’s home on Brooklyn after a 911 call about a woman who turned out to be Duval refusing to leave the home.

Police were also told a man, who turned out to be Culver, had poured gasoline on Duval’s car and threatened to set it afire while also threatening her with a gun, which police later confirmed as a BB gun.

The two had been involved in what police described as a “financial situation” which lead to a nasty confrontation at Culver’s home.

Genesee County sheriff deputies and New York State Police joined with Batavia police in setting up a perimeter around the house until the two suspects surrendered. As a precaution crews from the Batavia Fire Department and Mercy Medics were also called to the scene.

Police said Wednesday night that arraignments of the two suspects were being arranged.