(From left) Chacolend Dye, Richard Johnson and Dante Wallace
COLLEGE PARK — A 35-year old College Park man engaged in a four-hour standoff with Clayton County police Saturday morning after he allegedly took the mother his three children and five youths hostage at the woman’s apartment, authorities said.
Police said officers responded twice early Saturday to domestic disturbance calls at apartment C12 of the Willow Way Apartments complex, 5890 Riverdale Road. When they were called out for a third time, at 5:15 a.m., the situation turned into a standoff.
Clayton County Magistrate Court records allege Chacolend Lamon Dye locked Angela Walker, Vetnameise Winbush and five children in their apartment. The children ranged in age from 7 to 12 and Dye and Walker are the parents of three of the youths.
“After receiving another call, the suspect, Chacoland [sic] Lamon Dye ... refused to come out and stated that he would shoot anyone who came inside the residence,” according to a police statement.
After the standoff ended at approximately 9:15 a.m., Dye was arrested and charged with seven counts of false imprisonment, five counts of cruelty to children and one count of family violence battery charges, according to court records.
Dye “did place his hands on her [Walker’s] neck and push her headfirst into a wall,” Officer Chadwick Davis wrote in his arrest warrant affidavit. He added Walker’s face and arms had scratches and bruises afterward. Dye then locked Walker, Winbush and the five children in the apartment and refused to let them leave, according to the warrant.
Police said two other men in the apartment were also arrested, on obstruction charges because they refused to open the apartment door to release the hostages. Those men were identified by police as Stone Mountain resident Dante Wallace, 34, and Flint, Mich., resident Richard Antwain Johnson, 35.
Court records show Johnson was also charged with criminal trespass and making a terroristic threat. The warrant indicates Walker told Johnson, in front of police, to leave her apartment during the second visit officers made to the residence Saturday morning. He also threatened to harm an officer who was taking him into custody.
Online court records show Dye’s bond for the cruelty to children and family violence charges was set at $12,500. He was denied bond on the false imprisonment charges. He will appear in court Sept. 18 for a preliminary hearing.
Johnson’s bond was set at a total of $12,000 for all three charges. His preliminary hearing will take place Sept. 11.
Court records do not show a bond being set — or denied — for Wallace.