Police standoff in Rockmart

A bomb robot deployed at a standoff on Jones Avenue in Rockmart on July 20, 2016. (Kevin Myrick, Polk Standard Journal)

ROCKMART — A Cedartown man was in jail Wednesday following a three-hour standoff with the Floyd County SWAT team and local police who were trying to serve an arrest warrant.

According to Rockmart Police Chief Keith Sorrells, police went looking for Ayron Damon Adams, 26, about noon in an apartment on Jones Avenue in Rockmart, near Goodyear Village.

The warrants, from Polk and Floyd counties, had been issued on charges of felony aggravated assault, two counts of felony first-degree cruelty to children and misdemeanor battery, all under the Family Violence Act.

“We tried to get him to come to the door, and he wouldn’t come,” Sorrells said. “The resident who was there with him was not being honest with us and told us that was not who we were looking for. But when we pulled the picture up, we knew it was him.”

Sorrells said the SWAT team was called when Adams refused to leave the apartment because the man has a previous record and it was possible he was armed.

“Probably 20 times we asked him to come out or to answer the phone, because we kept trying to call him and get him to come out, but he wouldn’t pick up,” Sorrells said. “So when we cleared the residence and made sure that no one else was in there, we called SWAT out of Floyd County and they came down and resolved it.”

He said the SWAT team made several unsuccessful attempts to negotiate with Adams.

Finally, the SWAT team pulled their vehicle, with a 20-foot arm, up to the apartment and breached the door, Sorrells said.

After the SWAT team entered the apartment, Adams surrendered and was taken into custody unharmed. No weapon was found.

Lakendra A. Slaton, 27, who lives in the apartment, was also taken into custody by officers during the standoff after being accused of telling officers it wasn’t Adams in the apartment.

She is charged with felony hindering the apprehension of a felon and misdemeanor obstruction of law enforcement officers, Polk County Jail reports stated.

Adams was additionally charged with misdemeanor obstruction of law enforcement officers, reports stated.

Sorrells said additional charges could be filed against Adams today.

“We’re thankful that everyone was safe — ourselves and Mr. Adams,” Sorrells said.

Rome News-Tribune Staff Writer Spencer Lahr contributed to this report.

 

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