The alleged robber has not been identified.
It was not known if the man was armed, Campbell said. After attempts to negotiate with him failed, officers deployed gas agents.
“He was not hurt,” she said. “We were able to gain access to the room. We did use gas to try to get him to leave the room, but he was in the bathroom.”
DeKalb County SWAT responded to the Knights Inn motel on Lawrenceville Highway. The motel was evacuated and the road was closed during an hours-long standoff. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM
Another man is also in police custody, and Campbell said investigators were speaking with a woman who may be associated with them.
The intersection was blocked outside I-285 during the standoff. All lanes of Lawrenceville Highway reopened around 8:30 a.m., shortly after police activity cleared.
It was then that evacuated guests could return to their rooms. The displaced families stood across the street for hours, some wrapped in towels and bed sheets and others without their shoes, Channel 2 Action News reported.
Evacuated motel guests waited for a SWAT standoff to end outside the Knights Inn on Lawrenceville Highway. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM
One guest, Sherica Williams, told the news station she and her children awoke to police officers in tactical gear knocking on their door.
“My kids are out here with towels and stuff on,” Williams said. “I'm just in shock right now.”
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