Man arrested as W. Md. standoff ends

August 23, 2008|By Julie Scharper

A man who had barricaded himself and his eight-months pregnant girlfriend for two days in a Western Maryland motel room and threatened to kill her and officers was arrested last night, police said.

James Prevatt, 26, was taken into custody about 7:30 after officers from a Baltimore County police tactical unit set off a small explosion by the back door and stormed in the room while other officers used a battering ram to break down the front door, said Maryland State Police spokesman Greg Shipley.

Prevatt had told officers that he had strapped a bomb to his girlfriend and taped explosives to the windows of the room of the Best Value Inn off U.S. 522 in Hancock.

Prevatt, whom officers hit with a Taser, and Renee Reynolds, 21, were taken to Washington County Hospital, then the state police barracks in Hagerstown, Shipley said.

Prevatt is wanted on warrants in four states.

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