FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Fort Wayne police arrested a man early Thursday morning, after they say he locked himself inside the home with six children and refused to surrender for over two hours.
Officers with the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the 2500 block of Miner Street regarding a domestic disturbance just after 1:30 a.m. Thursday.
Neighbor Jason Wilcox heard the yelling.
“I was just walking through from the laundry mat and there was, I believe, a domestic dispute or some type of dispute,” Wilcox said.
When officers arrived, the man was gone.
Police say they received another call a few hours later at 2:30 a.m. from the same home.
A woman told dispatchers the man broke into her home.
“I know in the back by the window there, it looks like a gunshot was made or something," he said.
Police say 39-year-old Antwan Jones locked himself inside and told officers he nor the children, ranging in age from one to 14, were coming out.
Fort Wayne Police Spokesperson Sgt. Sofia Rosales-Scatena says officers called hostage negotiators to the home.
“Our negotiators take their time when they do these kinds of things," Rosales-Scatena said. "They’re always trying to bring the emotions down, so rationale can go up. People in these situations are really in an emotionally heightened state and they’re not making the most rational decisions.”
At about 5 a.m. police say Jones surrendered.
“He was speaking to the negotiator and the negotiator did convince him to release the children. They came out kind of haphazardly but all of them did manage to come out," she said.
The Fort Wayne Police Department is still investigating the incident.