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Police: Man undergoing mental health evaluation after holding mom hostage in Roanoke Rapids

ROANOKE RAPIDS, N.C. (WNCN) - The man arrested after Roanoke Rapids police said he held his mother hostage on Tuesday is undergoing a mental evaluation. 

Cpt. Bobby Martin said officers were called to a home on Old Farm Road for a welfare check before 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

When officers arrived, they noticed a weapon, which is when 54-year-old Mark Reber barricaded himself inside the home with his 80-year-old mother.

The situation lasted nearly three hours.

"We had a bit of a standoff with the subject," Martin said. 

Reber broadcasted much of the situation on his Facebook page. Martin said that stream was helpful to law enforcement because it allowed them to see what was going on inside the home.

Eventually, officers went inside and peacefully brought Reber into custody. His mother was unharmed.

Police have taken out a warrant charging Reber with second-degree kidnapping. 

Reber is undergoing a mental evaluation and will be formally charged with that is completed, police said. 

Martin said authorities have been called to the home before. He also said charges are pending against Reber.

A neighbor said Reber's mother has lived in the home for at least 20 years and that Reber recently moved in with her. 

The investigation is ongoing.

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A man is in custody Tuesday after a hostage situation in Roanoke Rapids, officials said.

The incident happened at a home along the 200 block of Old Farm Road, according to Roanoke Rapids Police Chief C.T. Hasty. A man was in the home holding his mother hostage.

Capt. Bobby Martin said officers were called to the home for a welfare check before 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. When officers arrived, they noticed a weapon, which is when 54-year-old Mark Reber barricaded himself inside the home with his 80-year-old mother.

The situation lasted nearly three hours.

"We had a bit of a standoff with the subject," Martin said. 

Reber broadcasted much of the situation on his Facebook page. Martin said that stream was helpful to law enforcement because it allowed them to see what was going on inside the home.

Eventually, officers went inside and peacefully brought Reber into custody. His mother was unharmed.

Martin said authorities have been called to the home before. He also said charges are pending against Reber.

A neighbor said Reber's mother has lived in the home for at least 20 years and that Reber recently moved in with her. 

The investigation is ongoing.


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