Chattanooga Standoff Ends With An Arrest

Reported by: Alisha Searl
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Updated: 11/19/2012 9:41 am
Leroy Garner, a Chattanooga resident, says, "I've never heard of anything like this in my 50 years."

Garner is at a loss for words after hearing the chain of events that sparked a standoff on Hendricks Street.

Garner adds, "Man, it's a hostage situation in our old hood."

Chattanooga Police say it actually started Saturday night with a domestic situation.

Nathan Hartwig with the Chattanooga Police Department, says, "He [ Lebron Thrasher ] had forced his way into the residence last night and assaulted her."

Officers believe hours after Lebron Thrasher assaulted his wife, he let her go get something to eat, but not before saying, "I'll kill you and the children if you don't come back in ten minutes."

Garner adds, "It's a sad situation, these young men to act that this way toward our women."

Police tell us the mother left the home and called 911.

Hartwig adds, "The patrol officers responded along with our swat team and hostage negotiation team to make contact with him."

Officer did make contact with Thrasher, and after three hours, he surrendered himself and his children.

Police say now their family violence unit is being called in to help.

Hartwig adds, "They'll put her in contact with different organizations in the community that can help her if she needs to get out of this environment or if she needs to go someplace safe."

We found out Thrasher had four warrants out for his arrest before this situation even unfolded.

Garner says, "I don't know about these young parents now, what are they doing to them."

Four children all under the age of ten were inside when this happened.

Garner hopes other mothers in domestic situations will follow suit and call for help if similar situations arise

Thrasher is now charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated domestic assault, and five counts of false imprisonment.
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