UPDATE | Former Olympian indicted on assault, gun, terroristic threat charges

George Kitchens, charged with terroristic threats and acts
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Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016

HEPHZIBAH, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A former Olympic long jumper charged with making threats has been indicted.

According to court documents, George Kitchens, Jr. was formally charged on aggravated assault, gun and terroristic threat charges.

Kitchens was involved in a 3 hour standoff back in June. Deputies said Kitchens threatened his family and then barricaded himself in his home on Portsmouth Place.



Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016

HEPHZIBAH, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A former Olympian has bonded out of jail after being arrested on charges including terroristic threats.

George Washington Kitchens, Jr. bonded out of jail after being placed behind bars at the end of June.



Wednesday, June 22, 2016 | UPDATE: 10:43 a.m.

HEPHZIBAH, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- New details have been released in a three hour standoff resulting in the arrest of a former Olympian.

According to the incident report, deputies were called to the home on the 2600 block of Portsmouth Place at 2:12 p.m. to for an armed subject making threats. The suspect was later identified as George Washington Kitchens, Jr.

The victim and a witness said that Kitchens demanded $1,000 from them on June 19. When they told the suspect that they didn't have the money, he became upset, according to the incident report.

The report states the victim said the suspect pulled out a small silver pistol, started waving it around and told the victim and witness that he wanted the money on the June 19 by 3 p.m. or he was going to "shoot them and bust them in the head."

The witness then called her father, the complainant, and alerted him of the situation. After their phone call ended, the report states Kitchens, Sr. then called Kitchens, Jr. who allegedly said: "I said it and I meant it. If they are not here by 3 p.m. with the money I am going to kill them. If you show up, I will shoot you too."

The deputy on scene tried to make contact with the suspect upon arrival by knocking on the door. Once the deputy identified himself the suspect refused to speak or open the door.

The suspect has officially been charged with terroristic threats and acts.



Monday, June 20, 2016 | UPDATE: 11:35 p.m.

Hephzibah, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A three hour standoff is unusual in the middle class Quail Hollow subdivision, even more unusual because the man barricading himself in his home is a former Olympian.

Andrew Jefferson, president of the neighborhood association, says, "Normally, you know, we'll have a car break in or something like that. We haven't had any home invasions in 3 or 4 years."

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office says they were called to the 2600 block of Portsmouth Drive because a man, later identified as George Washington Kitchens, threatened to hurt himself and his family.

Kitchens was a member of the 2012 United States Olympic Team as a long jumper. Before becoming an Olympian, he was a 3-time All-American at Clemson. Now, he's in the Richmond County Jail, charged with terroristic threats and acts.

Kitchens had a violent childhood. He was shot in the chest and arm when he was only 12-years-old in an attack that left his sister paralyzed. In 2012, Kitchens told us he uses those scars as a reminder. "Every day I look at those scars. I have a scar on my chest and a scar on my arm and they reminds me of how fortunate I am to be here," Kitchens said.

Now, an entire neighborhood is fortunate the standoff ended without anymore scars.

"Normally this is just your average working class neighborhood where people go to work, come home, and go on with life as usual," Jefferson says.


Monday, June 20, 2016 | UPDATE: 9:45 p.m.

Hephzibah, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The man who barricaded himself in his home for hours has been officially charged with terroristic threats and acts.

Deputies said George Kitchens talked about harming himself and his family, but no one was actually injured during the standoff.

Kitchens graduated from Glenn Hills High School. He's a track and field athlete who competed in the long jump. He competed for team USA on the 2012 Olympics team.


Monday, June 20, 2016 | UPDATE: 7:20 p.m.

Hephzibah, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Members of Richmond County SWAT have taken a man into custody after a standoff outside a home.

The team made entry into the home and took George Washington Kitchens into custody.

Deputies said Kitchens talked about harming himself and his family, but no one was actually injured during the standoff.

So far, investigators have not filed charges against Kitchens, but deputies said he could be charged with terroristic threats based on threats he is accused of making during the standoff with SWAT.



Monday, June 20, 2016

Hephzibah, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Richmond County authorities are investigating reports of a man who has barricaded himself inside a home in the Quail Hollow subdivision.

SWAT officers are on the scene at Andover and Portsmouth.

The circumstances leading up to this incident are unknown at this time.