MEMPHIS, Tenn. - West Memphis police arrested a man after a hostage situation involving children, according to officials.
Police said they were called to the 100 block of S. 21st Street at the Oak Terrace Apartments around 3:00 Monday morning for a hostage situation.
Officers said Jerome Jones was holding two adults and six children inside the apartment.
While FOX13 was LIVE on the scene, our reporter Jeremy Pierre heard multiple flash-bangs.
Police told us they threw flash-bangs outside the home and in the hallway of the common area to get Jones to come outside.
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Jerry Williams is the father of the suspect. Williams said he was asleep when police came to the home where officers said his son was armed with a rifle.
Williams told FOX13, "Dogs started barking in the house. My son and his old lady had gotten into it, and I thought that was them arguing, then kidnapping charges, where that come from?"
Witnesses said Jones was likely trying to keep a woman from leaving the apartment.
Everything ended peacefully. Jones surrendered and police took him into custody a little before 6:00 that morning.
Police said he is charged with false imprisonment in the first-degree.
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