UPDATE 10:38 p.m.: A man is facing multiple charges following a barricade situation that lasted almost 19 hours at a Lynchburg apartment complex on Thursday.
According to the Lynchburg Police Department, officers were called to James Crossing Apartments on Greenfield Drive at approximately 2:11 a.m. on Thursday, June 16 for a “trouble unknown call for service.”
Dispatch told police they could hear a woman crying and screaming at someone to “get out,” authorities say.
When officers arrived, they could hear things being stacked up against the front door, turning this from a domestic dispute to a barricade situation. They were able to make contact with a man and woman, but neither would open the door or come outside, according to officials.
Police tell WFXR News they identified the man as 52-year-old John Christopher Jones of Lynchburg, who had an active arrest warrant against him.
The department says its Tactical Unit, Crisis Negotiations Team, and Drone Unit all responded to the scene, along with Virginia State Police’s Tactical Unit.
After more than 18 hours of negotiations, authorities say Jones was taken into custody and charged with the following offenses:
- Domestic assault and battery
- Misdemeanor Capias
Jones is reportedly being held without bond at the Lynchburg Adult Detention Center.
Police did not share any information about the woman involved in the incident, but say the investigation is still ongoing.
Meanwhile, Jones’ arrest comes after a long and stressful day for both community members and law enforcement in Lynchburg.
Neighbors who live by the barricaded apartment say they heard shouting around 2 a.m. on Thursday and were asked to evacuate when authorities arrived.
As a result, residents were stuck outside of the complex, running their cars for air conditioning, hunkering down at neighbors’ homes, and asking police when something would finally change.
Shaniqua Brown says she left to pick up her kids and wasn’t told that she wouldn’t be allowed back into the building.
“I have my 1-year-old with me and my 8-year-old with me, and we can’t get in there to eat, can’t get milk, my money’s in there, and this has been going on since 3 this morning,” Brown said.
WFXR News’ Rhian Lowndes spoke to Brown just before she left in search of a bathroom — which was a few hours before Jones’ arrest — because after the local cooling shelters closed for the day, residents of James Crossing Apartments were left with nowhere to go.
UPDATE 9:01 p.m.: Police took two people into custody just before 9 p.m. on Thursday following an hours-long standoff at a Lynchburg apartment complex.
The WFXR News crew at the scene says the man and the woman barricaded inside the James Crossing Apartments were put into separate Lynchburg Police Department vehicles by state troopers, but there were no apparent injuries.
LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Police are currently at the scene of a barricade situation involving two people at James Crossing Apartments in Lynchburg.
The Lynchburg Police Department says officers responded to the 800 block of Greenfield Drive shortly before 2:15 a.m. on Thursday, June 16 following a “trouble unknown call for service.”
Authorities say dispatch told them they could hear a man and a woman involved in a possible domestic argument on the call.
Once police arrived at the scene, they heard items being stacked up against the front door. Officers also made contact with a man and a woman, but neither one would open the door.
As a result, the department called the Tactical Unit, the Crisis Negotiations Team, and the Drone Unit to the scene of the barricade.
As of this writing, officials tell WFXR News that this investigation is still active and ongoing, so community members are asked to avoid the area until further notice.
Meanwhile, Lynchburg City Schools posted a message just before 2:30 p.m. on Thursday for parents/guardians of summer school students who live in the James Crossing Apartments, urging them to check their phones and emails for important information about afternoon drop-off.
WFXR News has a crew near the scene of the barricade and is working to gather more information.
This is a developing story.