Former ‘Top Model’ Contestant Arrested After Armed Standoff
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (KTLA) – Renee Alway, who competed on Cycle 8 of “America’s Next Top Model,” was in jail on Saturday following an arrest in connection with a six-hour standoff with police at a condominium, authorities said.
Alway, 27, of Palm Springs was arrested on June 28, on suspicion of a string of charges including burglary, fraud and possession of a controlled substance, Palm Springs police said in a statement.
After responding to a report of a suspicious female walking around the 600 block of Violeta Drive, officers found a residence with an open back door, police said.
Neighbors reported the people who lived there were out of the country and that it should be vacant, according to Palm Springs police Sgt. Harvey Reed.
Alway had a firearm and was found hiding in the garage, according to police.
Officers believed an armed man was in the condo, and the SWAT team was called in, leading to a standoff.
Following her arrest, Alway remained jailed at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning on Saturday, with bail set at $150,000.
She was due to appear in court next week.
It was Alway’s third arrest this year, Palm Springs police Sgt Kyle Stjerne told KTLA News.
However he did not give specifics on her other alleged crimes.
Alway was born in Maui, Hawaii, and attended an open call for “America’s Next Top Model.”
According to the show’s website, “Alway was one of the final three contestants on Cycle 8.
“She heard about the audition the day before it took place in Chicago, and had been in town to get married.”