Sheriff: Negotiators achieve peaceful end to standoff
A Wayne County man is in custody after authorities say he barricaded himself inside a home for eleven hours.
Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts said Shannon Jones, 34, had a confrontation with Stephanie Arenas, 28, before he holed up inside a home on Route 104 in Williamson around 2 a.m.
Virts said Arenas and five children were inside the home during the incident, which drew a heavy police response, including the use of a helicopter. Deputies did not believe they were in any danger.
“At no time did we have any concern the children were being threatened, because we saw them several times coming to the window and waiving," said Virts.
The home where the incident took place is near King Street. According to deputies, they came to the home for a domestic call, and when Jones wouldn't come out, they started to negotiate.
Deputies also said Arenas told patrols to leave. They later told 13WHAM Arenas had a Stay Away Order of Protection against Jones.
Virts said authorities believe Jones didn't want to come outside because he has prior criminal charges.
“The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office had warrants for him prior to this incident for criminal contempt, 1st, and aggravated family offense, both E-felonies,” Virts said. “We believe that’s why he barricaded himself in at the time.
Route 104 was blocked off for hours between Redman Road and Townline Road during the situation. It reopened around 2 p.m.
“It’s just a lot of cop cars, chopper in the sky,” said Ashley Jones, Jones’ sister. “We’ve seen a Monroe County Sheriff’s trucks coming through, but we have no real answers to what’s going on.”
Jones’ family was trying to get him to come out of the home. They were anxiously waiting to understand what was happening.
"There is no one being held against their will," said Ashley Jones. "He’s never been that type of person. They’re making him out to be a monster which he's not."
Several hours later, the children between the ages of 3 and 11, came out of the home. Deputies said they are all okay and so was Arenas.
Jones turned himself over to police. At this time, the sheriff said he does not believe Jones had any weapons.
Charges are pending for Saturday's incident, but deputies said Jones was charged with two counts of Criminal Contempt in the Second Degree, one count of Aggravated Family Offense, three counts of Harassment in the Second Degree and one count of Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree, based on the four warrants he had from the sheriff's office and State Police.
He's in Wayne County Jail on no bail, because of his two previous felony convictions, according to deputies.
Arenas was arrested for Hindering Prosecution and five counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.