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Standoff at St. Petersburg motel ends with peaceful surrender

ST. PETERSBURG — A standoff outside a Fourth Street motel ended peacefully late Monday after a wanted man's mother persuaded him to surrender.

Deputies said Antwaun A. Thompson, 27, barricaded himself in his room at the Landmark Motel, 1930 Fourth St. N, after deputies who had been conducting surveillance for some time asked him to come out.

Thompson had four warrants for his arrest, including failure to appear in court on a robbery charge and burglary and attempted burglary. Though deputies had been watching him for some time, his behavior Monday night led them to believe he was about to flee the motel.

When they approached, he barricaded himself inside the room using couches, chairs and a bed. He also set several pieces of clothing on fire and tossed them out a second-story window, an arrest affidavit stated. Thompson shattered windows and yelled to deputies that he would not be sent back to prison.

The motel, across the street from Sunken Gardens, was evacuated.

Deputies called Thompson on the phone and persuaded him to throw his .22-caliber gun out a window. Deputies brought his mother to the motel, and he surrendered about 10:30 p.m. after speaking with her.

He now faces additional charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and resisting an officer.

Thompson was booked into the Pinellas County jail, where he remained Tuesday on more than $200,000 bail.

Standoff at St. Petersburg motel ends with peaceful surrender 07/08/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 11:18pm]
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