SWAT Team Ends Standoff in Mauldin

28-year-old Zachary Arnold was the target of an arrest warrant for criminal sexual contact and accessory after the fact of murder. Greenville Deputies and U.S. Marshalls were following Arnold in vehicles when he made them and fled into an apartment in The Vinings on Butler Road and barricaded himself inside. Because he was considered armed and dangerous authorities called in a S.W.A.T. team who ended the standoff an hour after it started, just before noon.

From Fox Carolina:

Zachary ArnoldMAULDIN, S.C. — Authorities said that a man who prompted a standoff at an apartment complex in Mauldin was arrested just before noon on Thursday., Greenville County deputies said.

Matt Armstrong, public information officer for the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, said that deputies along with U.S. Marshals were following 28-year-old Zachary Arnold in a car just before they were to serve him with an arrest warrant. They said that Arnold pulled in to the Vinings apartments on Butler Road, jumped out of the car and ran into an apartment.

Armstrong said that Arnold barricaded himself in the apartment. He said that because Arnold was believed to be armed and has a violent past, authorities backed off and called the SWAT team to the scene.

Arnold surrendered peacefully about an hour after the standoff began, Amrstrong said.

Armstrong said that Arnold was wanted on charges of criminal sexual conduct and accessory after the fact of murder.

WYFF has the same details but also a map pin pointing The Vinings for people unfamiliar with the area.

The Vinings at Brookfield Apartments is how the complex is referred to online. It is considered fairly upscale for the area, with some realtor sites claiming the average income is almost $70,000 dollars due mostly to the influx of non-natives fleeing higher tax states like New York and New Jersey.  However, Mauldin, according to some residents, has been seeing an uptick in drug dealing and gang related activity.

The word on the street is that some of the newer residents have brought their bad habits with them, funding small time drug dealers with big time money. Mauldin recently made crime news with the arrest of a meth cooking couple and the Bridges Road Shooting which was a culmination of a violent crime spree by local thug Willaim Anthony Butts.


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