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Posted: Friday, June 20, 2008 6:59 pm | Updated: 11:37 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A man who police believe led them on a wild chase last week and barricaded himself in his Gilbert home has not been arrested, and neighbors worried about their safety are wondering why.

Police surround Gilbert home after car chase

More than a dozen Gilbert officers staked out Thomas Grade's home, 818 E. Juanita Ave., near Lindsay Road and Houston Avenue, on June 13 after a sport utility vehicle parked in the driveway led officers on a chase through Mesa and Gilbert.

Grade, 57, who refused to answer the door for several hours while police knocked, eventually came out and spoke with officers. But he was questioned for only a short period, and he was not arrested.

Kim Kemper, who lives down the street, said she doesn't understand why.

"He's a threat, and you would think they would hold him accountable for his actions," she said. "We have young children around, and who knows what will happen next. It's like they didn't do anything."

But Gilbert Sgt. Mark Marino said police are still trying to determine if Grade was the driver of the vehicle.

Officers began pursuing the SUV on U.S. 60 after it smashed into a car and sped away.

The driver was going faster than 100 mph and ran a police car off the road at Melody Drive, forcing it into a block wall, police said.

The driver also ran over traffic signs and nearly hit a child, police said.

The SUV parked in Grade's driveway had considerable damage to the front end, and the back bumper was ripped off. Neighbors said that after police left the house, Grade was removing things from the vehicle.

Reports about the incident requested by the Tribune haven't been released. But a records check revealed that Grade has an extensive history with Gilbert police.

He was arrested in January last year on suspicion of domestic violence, and officers have responded to his address 14 times since 2005, police said.

Grade has owned the house since 2003, county assessor records show.

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