Father arrested after allegedly fleeing home with infant; refusing to leave vehicle

An infant boy is safe after police say the father drove off with the child from his home and refused to get out of his vehicle for several hours after police responded.

The incident began around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday when officers responded to investigate a report of domestic violence at a home in the 1200 block of 1st Street in Rockville.

Before police arrived, the man allegedly fled on foot with his 6-month-old son. He returned at 12:45 a.m. Thursday and allegedly left the residence in his vehicle with the infant before police arrived.

Police say the man initially refused to stop when they spotted him on the road. He did eventually stop once he was close to his home.

Investigators say the man had his son in his arms and was believed to be armed with a handgun. He remained in the car with the infant until just before 4 a.m. when he turned himself in to police.

No injuries were reported. Police say a handgun was reported but no firearm was recovered and there is no evidence to suggest one was involved.

The man faces charges of 2nd degree assault and reckless endangerment.