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Mother and son held captive in apartment

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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A tense three hour hostage situation in Albany ended peacefully Saturday afternoon, APD said a mother and her son were held captive by the woman's boyfriend.

It happened at 3109-B Crepe Myrtle Court, that's near Gillionville Road.

Albany Police officers were called to the apartment around noon in response to a domestic dispute.

When they got there, officials say it was clear 30-year-old Shermaine Winns was not going to release his girlfriend or the child.

Neighbors were kept at bay while a hostage negotiator and family members talked Winns in to releasing the hostages and surrendering.

According to police he did not have a gun.

"SWAT fortunately did not have to be called out to the scene. We had a couple of negotiators here as well as family members that kept in constant contact with the victim and suspect by phone," Phyllis Banks, APD Media Manager.

Winns was taken into custody, no charges have been filed in this case but he's being held on an outstanding warrant.

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