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Thomasville "standoff" ends peacefully

May 22, 2007

Thomasville --  An overnight standoff with a Thomasville man ended at 2:30 this morning, lasting around eight hours.

43-year-old Gregory Stewart surrendered after police fired tear gas into his Tanglewood Drive house, as dozens of law enforcers waited outside.

Stewart worked at a juvenile intervention program where one of the youths accused him sexual contact. When police went to Stewart's house around 6:30 Monday evening, he locked himself inside.

So far, he is charged with sexual assault, sexual battery and sodomy, but charges related to the standoff have not yet been filed.

"This is all stemming from a case that started earlier this afternoon involving complaints against, complaints of crimes involving a juvenile. Officers came to this address to try to interview the suspect about the complaint that had been made and at the time the officers came he locked himself inside the house and refused to come out," said Captain Mark Scott of the Thomasville Police Department.

Police talked to Stewart by telephone, but used the tear gas after he refused to talk anymore and did not surrender.

He was taken to a hospital after telling officers he had swallowed a number of pills.


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