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Police Standoff Ends With Suspected Felon In Custody

Posted August 16, 2004

— A standoff between Raleigh police and a suspected felon ended with two men taken into custody Sunday.

What police described as volatile situation took place at 1505 Joe Louis Road, just off Rock Quarry Road. Officers had their guns drawn and the streets blocked. Ten homes were evacuated, and the southeast Raleigh neighborhood spent three hours on lockdown.

"I didn't have any idea I would see anything like this today," said neighbor Theresa Hopkins.

Two men were taken into custody -- James Bernard Bennett, 20, and James Edwards Whitaker, 19.

Police said Bennett, a suspected felon, had eluded them for months.

The standoff began after Raleigh police went to the residence looking for Bennett. He was wanted on a number of charges, including assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, assault by pointing a firearm, assault on a female, cruelty to animals and driving while license revoked.

Bennett was believed to be armed and dangerous. Police received a tip as to his location. When he did not come out after three hours, a special police unit went in and got him.

Charges are expected to be filed against Whitaker as a result of his involvement in Sunday's incident.

Officers searched the house and recovered a weapon. As for Bennett, he remained at the Wake County Jail Sunday night.

Bennett is expected to make his first court appearance on Monday.

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