1 arrested after Port Arthur hostage situation
One person was taken into police custody this morning following a hostage situation in Port Arthur.
Last night, SWAT teams responded to the hostage situation in the 2400 block of 11th Street in Port Arthur.
We're told the standoff lasted about five hours.
The hostages were released around 2 a.m.
This is the news release sent by a Port Arthur city spokeswoman Friday afternoon:
On Thursday, May 18, 2017, Port Arthur Police Officers, during the course of a burglary investigation, identified, detained and arrested a suspect, Christopher James Simpson. Officers witnessed the suspect carrying a television into the residence at 2426 11th Street and secured the perimeter of the property. Family members of the suspect advised that Simpson was holding his girlfriend against her will inside the home. Port Arthur SWAT was called to the scene along with the PAPD Hostage Negotiation Team. Communications with the suspect was established, and after approximately four hours of negotiation the hostage was released from the home without physical injury. A short time later the suspect voluntarily surrendered, and was taken into custody and transported to the Jefferson County Correctional Facility and booked for unlawful restraint.
Simpson was out of jail as of Friday afternoon.