Norfolk police: Standoff over; 4 hostages unharmed

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Norfolk police say a man who held a woman and three young children hostage has been charged with abduction after a standoff that ended peacefully.

Police said in a news release Sunday that officers responded to a 911 call Saturday night reporting the hostage situation at a home. The caller told police 33-year-old Johnathan D. Harris was refusing to let his three children and a 54-year-old woman leave and had made threatening comments toward them.

Police say negotiators talked Harris out of the residence around 1:30 a.m. After he was in custody, the three children and one adult were found inside unharmed.

Police say they believe the incident stemmed from a “domestic situation.”

Harris was being held Sunday without bond. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had obtained an attorney.

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