Suspect taken into custody after 4+ hour standoff at hotel in Johnston County

Johnston County News

CLAYTON, N.C. (WNCN) — Johnston County deputies arrested a suspect after a standoff that lasted more than four-hours at a hotel Friday night near Clayton, officials said.

The incident began between 5:30 and 6 p.m. at the Super 8 motel at the N.C. 42/Interstate 40 interchange, according to Johnston County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Jeff Caldwell.

The hotel was evacuated at that time after Johnston County deputies learned a suspect sought by the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office was in a hotel room, said Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell.

The suspect was wanted on charges that include ethnic intimidation, arson, assault on a female and communicating threats, Bizzell said.

A negotiator was on the phone with the suspect — who was “very intoxicated” — for more than four hours, Bizzell said.

The standoff ended peacefully just before 10:30 p.m., according to Bizzell.

No one was hurt.

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