Monday, October 2, 2023

Man jailed following ‘hostage situation’ in Norfolk

Johnathan D. Harris (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of Norfolk Police)
Johnathan D. Harris (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of Norfolk Police)

NORFOLK — A 33-year-old man is facing serious charges following what police described as a hostage situation that started late Saturday and ended early Sunday.

Johnathan D. Harris was arrested following his surrender to police after negotiators were successful in talking him out of a home in the 1400 block of East Tanners Creek Drive around 1:30 a.m. Sunday

Harris is charged with four counts of abduction by force without justification. He being held in the Norfolk City Jail without bond, police said in a news release.

Detectives believe the incident stemmed from a domestic situation Saturday night.

After Harris was taken into custody, police found four people — three children and one adult — “inside the residence held against their will.”

All four were not injured.

The incident

Officers responded to a reported “suspicious situation” around 10 p.m. Saturday.

The caller told dispatchers Harris was inside the home and refusing to let his three children, ages 6, 7, and 9, and a woman, 54, leave, police said.

Officers were told Harris made threatening statements toward the children and the woman.

Police special operations team, bomb squad, and police negotiators responded and set a perimeter around the home. Shortly after 1 a.m. negotiators were able to contact Harris over the phone, police said.

After speaking with negotiators for more than 15 minutes, Harris surrendered.

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