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Three-hour standoff ends in Greenville; suspect surrenders

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A nearly 3 ½ hour standoff is over after a Greenville man peacefully surrendered.

It started around 9AM Thursday morning on Stancil Drive, near the intersection of 1st and Meade Streets.

Police officers, SWAT teams and tracking dogs swarmed the Greenville neighborhood Thursday.

The reason behind it all: James Winfield Jr. He was wanted for assaulting his girlfriend.

"I thought ‘that's a lot of police. Like why are there so many?" And then when the SWAT came and I seen the big guns I thought ‘okay, this must be serious," said neighbor, Regina Nelson.

"When you have a barricaded person and you don't know if there are weapons involved, we play it safe.  That's why you saw an emergency response team come out. You also saw hostage negotiators," said Sgt. Joe Friday, with the Greenville police.

Police say Winfield barricaded himself in his house. They made contact with him via his cell phone but he refused to come out.

Winfield's girlfriend managed to get away, but it turns out police responded to the same house and arrested Winfield for the same thing just hours before.

Early Thursday morning, Winfield's girlfriend ran to a next door neighbor Kathleen Battle's house for help.

"That's what woke us up because she was knocking at the door. We just heard a lot of screaming and commotion. She wanted to get in. We didn't know who it was at first and we opened the door and saw it was her and he was standing there and he wouldn't let her get out. And he was hitting on her and she was screaming and yelling saying I don't want to call the police. Just go ahead and let me go," said Battle.

Battle had no idea just a few hours later Winfield would return to finish what he started. She says she can't help feeling the whole thing could have been avoided.

"That one altercation. That one time. All it takes is one time and it's real serious and you could lose your life," said Battle.

Winfield is a convicted felon. He's facing a long list of charges including assault with a deadly weapon, assault on a female, false imprisonment and interfering with emergency communications.

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Police wrapped up a standoff with James Daniel Winfield Jr.

Dozens of police cars lined Stancil Drive in Greenville. That's off of N. Meade Street.

Police said the man holed up inside a house there.

9 On Your Side has learned the suspect was arrested Wednesday for assault, got out of jail, and then, allegedly, returned to the home and assaulted his girlfriend Thursday morning.

Police said the man's girlfriend got away and is safe. However, they believe the man is still inside the house.

They have not determined whether he is armed or not.

9 On Your Side has a crew at the scene and will have more details as they become available.



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