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Man arrested, charged following standoff on MLK Jr. Blvd.

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) - Police have arrested and charged a man who barricaded himself inside a mechanic shop Thursday after fleeing from a traffic stop.

According to the Savannah Police Department (SPD), Travis Mobley, 33, fled on foot from a traffic stop at W 45th and Montgomery streets around 1:45 p.m.

The driver of the vehicle, 32-year-old Alicia Johnson, was taken into custody.

He ran inside Tire City Muffler Center, located between MLK Jr. Blvd. and Montgomery Street, with a handgun.

We're told one person was initially inside of the business but ran out.

SPD, their Hostage Negotiation Team, SWAT, Chatham EMS and Savannah responded to the scene.

Verbal negotiations began shortly after 3:00 p.m.

"This is the Savannah Police Department. Come out with your hands up, without any weapons. Unarmed. You will not be harmed," negotiators told the suspect.

Police even called the suspect's mother for help, thanks to a bystander who said she knew the man.

About an hour later, SWAT entered the building and Mobley was placed under arrest without incident.

According to SPD, Mobley was charged with obstruction, criminal trespass, probation violation and multiple drug charges to include, intent to distribute crack.

Johnson was arrested for obstruction and possession of marijuana.

No injuries were reported in the incident.


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