News 12 at eleven o'clock -- Monday, October 18, 2010
THOMSON, Ga. --- A man wanted in connection with an Orangeburg, South Carolina armed robbery is now in custody, following a five-hour standoff in McDuffie County
The standoff started Monday afternoon at the Scottish Inn on Washington Road.
After receiving a call Monday morning that someone staying at the inn was wanted for armed robbery, the McDuffie County Sheriff's Office confirmed that 40-year-old Harvey Randall McDaniel had been staying there for one to two days. McDaniel is wanted on armed robbery and weapons charges in Orangeburg.
During the standoff, McDaniel claimed to be armed, but no hostages were ever involved. GBI, McDuffie County deputies, and the Richmond County SWAT team worked together to end the matter peacefully. A negotiator was called in to assist in McDaniel's surrender.
"It took some time," says McDuffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall. "The GBI and we have had approximately 20 officers that have been here all day really, and it was just a long process."
Officers evacuated the motel and the Arby's restaurant next door. Meanwhile, the three law enforcement agencies set up shop in and around the building, with McDuffie County Fire and Rescue standing by across the street.
Before McDaniel was discovered, officers believe he was staying there at the same time as other guests, but did not present himself as a threat.
"There were no given threats, no spoken threats, or no actions taken by him to lead anyone to believe that they were threatened," says GBI Special Agent in Charge Mike Ayers.
The warrants against McDaniel date back to October 13th for armed robbery and weapons possession.
McDaniel was cornered in room 111 and told officers he was armed. Once the room was cleared, however, they found no sign of a weapon.
McDaniel also said he was hurt in a recent motorcycle accident and was unable to walk. He was taken from the motel in an ambulance to be treated at McDuffie Medical Center, and will then be taken to McDuffie County Jail.
"He wanted to talk to family members, and he was given the chance to talk to family members," Sheriff Marshall says. "We were just hoping that it was going to turn out the way that it did."
There's no word yet on whether or not McDaniel will be extradited to South Carolina. As of now, he will not face charges in Georgia, though charges could be filed later. If so, those would include resisting arrest.
Richmond County had about eight SWAT team members there. Captain Scott Peebles was the negotiator that talked McDaniel into surrendering.