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Family speaks on hostage situation

By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Police continue to investigate a hostage situation that held up an Albany neighborhood Saturday. It ended peacefully hours after the man inside refused to let his girlfriend and child out of the home.

Crepe Myrtle Court off Gillionville was a sea of police cars after investigators say 30-year old Shermaine Winns refused to let his 25-year old girlfriend Kimberly James and one child out of her home around noon Saturday.

"Negotiators were on the scene and family members kept in contact with the suspect by phone," said APD Media Manager, Phyllis Banks.

Winns' mother, Janice Foster, convinced her son to come out of the house more than two and a half hours later. Both adults and the boy came out unharmed.  

"Fortunately this situation has ended in a peaceful manner," Banks said.

Winns' mom says more have occurred than what we know on the surface. She says she believes her son would never hurt anyone.  

"I feel like law enforcement is always after the guys and I feel like they should get the women too," said Foster.

Police took both Winns and James into custody for questioning. Neither are charged.

"He didn't have her in there against her will because neither one wanted to come out but I convince him to come out," said Foster. "I don't fee like he caused her any harm. Shermaine is a good person, a loving person and he loves kids."

Two boys were at the home. One was inside at the time. Professionals spoke with them after the incident to make sure they were okay.

No charges will be files against either adult. Police have arrested Winns for outstanding warrants from January. They include criminal trespassing and battery.

At this time Albany police say no weapons were used in the standoff.

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