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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A felony suspect is in custody after a brief standoff in the Clifton area.
According to Lt. Col. Carl Yates, it happened just before 11 a.m. when deputies were attempting to serve a felony arrest warrant 31-year-old James Dennis Mayes inside the Mount Holly apartments on Mount Holly Road near Brownsboro Road.
"At first it was believed that he had people inside the apartment," Yates said. "In fact it was learned that a girlfriend and two of her children were in the apartment."
Yates said the woman and her children were able to escape.
"Shortly after the deputies arrived, they were able to get out of the apartment and leave," Yates said. "And from them we learned there was no one else in the apartment. So at that point it just became a standoff on trying to negotiate him out of the apartment so that we could take him into custody."
Yates says Mayes was wanted for kidnapping, tampering with a witness and possession of a handgun by a felon.
Mayes finally surrendered around 11:45 a.m.
The Sheriff Response Team (which is equivalent to the LMPD SWAT team) had set up a staging area in the parking lot of Kroger.
Yates said, "We use every precaution because, yes, he could have been armed, we always call EMS to these scenes, have a doctor on call that works with our SRT team just in case any injuries were to occur."