19 Arrested After Schaumburg Standoff

No injuries were reported following a reported standoff at a Schaumburg apartment complex

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    A birthday party gone wrong Thursday morning ended with 19 people in police custody after a standoff that lasted about five hours.

    John Christopher Martel, 22, of Schaumburg faces one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct and one misdemeanor count of unlawfully permitting a minor to become intoxicated, Schaumburg police said.

    Martel was hosting a celebration for his 22nd birthday in his apartment Wednesday, according to police. The party got out of hand when fights started, and police responded around 1:47 Thursday morning to investigate "suspicious" people outside the apartment in the 2200 block of Pennview Lane, said Schaumburg Police Sgt. John Nebl.

    When authorities arrived, Martel barricaded the party-goers inside, police said. When officers noticed the disturbance, they asked the apartment's occupants to open the door, Nebl said. They refused, and officers heard one female inside scream for help, police said. Another occupant in the apartment told her to sit down and be quiet, said police.

    Officers then tried to force their way into the apartment, but the door had been blocked by several couches, police said.

    The Northern Illinois Police Alarm System and Emergency Services TEAM were called in when someone in the apartment said someone else had been killed, according to police.

    The TEAM managed to get in at around 6:30 a.m., police said. A total of 19 people were taken into custody and one person was treated for an unrelated medical issue, police said.

    Five minors were also charged with illegal consumption of alcohol, according to police.

    Everyone inside the apartment also refused to file complaints, police said. All involved except for Martel have been released, according to police.

    Martel is being held on bond.