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Forest Park police charge man after standoff

A Forest Park man faces charges, after he held his ex-wife, and twin infant boys, hostage for several hours Wednesday afternoon, reportedly telling police no one would leave the house alive.

Forest Park police went to the ex-wife's home on Tanglewood Lane just after 12 p.m., in response to a domestic violence call, said Lt. Amy Hiers. A man, later identified as Errol Lydell Jones, 46, was inside the home, and would not let his former wife and her 6-month-old twin nephews leave.

Hiers said police established phone contact with Jones, who said he was armed with a handgun and that "no one would leave the house alive."

The Clayton County Police SWAT team was dispatched.

After several hours, Jones freed his ex-wife and the babies. They were evaluated medical personnel at the scene and found to be unharmed.

Police tried unsuccessfully for the better part of the following hour to negotiate Jones' surrender, said Forest Park Police Maj. Chris Matson.

"After several broken promises from him to come out, the scene was turned over to the Clayton County SWAT team," said Matson. "They used non-lethal measures from the outside, and he came out the back of the house and surrendered."

Matson said Jones had several minor, self-inflicted wounds, for which he was treated at a local hospital. After his release, he was taken to the Clayton County Jail, where he faces charges of false imprisonment and domestic violence battery.

Hiers said no weapon was found.