Standoff at Serenity Star in Smithville ends peacefully

The Smithville Police Department has taken a man into custody after a standoff situation at the Serenity Star facility. The Comfort Cafe, a restaurant attached to the facility, made a post on its Facebook page at around 10 a.m. that a man, not a resident, had pushed himself into the women's dorm and locked himself inside with guns. 

Robert Wayne Stevenson was taken into custody by Smithville police after the standoff ended peacefully.


According to police, Stevenson arrived at the Serenity Star facility around 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Stevenson's ex-wife, who is a resident of the facility, was asking him to leave when she noticed that he had a handgun on him. Stevenson's ex-wife reentered the facility and told the other residents to leave. 

As residents were fleeing the scene, Stevenson pulled out his gun and used it to break a window and gain access to the Serenity Star facility.  Stevenson barricaded himself inside the facility. When officers arrived on scene and made contact with Stevenson, he indicated that he wanted to commit suicide. 

Stevenson eventually surrendered himself to officers without further incidents and was taken into custody.