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Eight hour standoff ends in arrest
I-Hostage Haynes mug

A Dawsonville man is in custody after an eight hour standoff with deputies on Thursday.

John Edward Haynes, 50, reportedly barricaded himself and a female family member in their home on Townley Drive when narcotics officers arrived to execute a warrant for his arrest.

"When they pulled up, he saw them and took the female family member in to the house and an eight hour standoff ensued," said Dawson County Sheriff's spokesman Capt. Tony Wooten.

After several hours of negotiations, Forsyth County's SWAT team was also called in to assist.

"Mr. Haynes surrendered around 2 a.m. and was taken into custody without incident," Wooten said.

The woman was not injured during the hostage situation, according to authorities.

The arrest warrant was issued after emergency workers were called to the home a week earlier.

"During the time of the med call, there were several firearms and heroin located at the home," Wooten said.

Haynes was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a controlled substance and false imprisonment.

"The controlled substance field tested for heroin," Wooten said.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Haynes remained in Dawson County Sheriff's custody. No bond has been set.