Man charged after holding child in hostage situation

Man charged after holding child in hostage situation
Andrew Brown, 40 (Source: Texarkana Texas Police Department)

TEXARKANA, Texas (KSLA) - Texarkana, Texas police responded to a welfare check at a home on Jones Street at around 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24.

Officials say a man was armed with scissors and forced a child back into the home and treated them as a hostage.

The man is now in police custody and the child is safe.

Andrew Brown, 40, is charged with assault causing bodily injury to family members. Police say he came out of the house after SWAT team members talked to him over a PA system. The standoff lasted about two and a half to three hours.

Man charged after holding child in hostage situation in Texarkana

Police say witnesses called 911 after seeing Brown holding down one of his 10-year-old sons while in the front yard. He reportedly had a pair of scissors in his hand and was acting as if he was stabbing himself in the chest. Brown then reportedly forced the boy into the house and refused to come out.

Police say they were concerned Brown had other weapons in the home and that the child was in danger.

Brown was booked into the Bi-State Jail.

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