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911 hang up call leads to arrest of wanted man in Danville

DANVILLE (WSLS 10) - Around 7 p.m. Wednesday, police responded to the apartment building at 620 Chatham Ave. after a 911 hang up call.

"Protocol for us is that if a 911 call comes in we're going to respond," said Danville Police Department Lt. Mike Wallace.

When officers knocked on the door of the apartment where the call was made, a man answered. But, officers quickly discovered that he had given them a false name and that his real name was Ernest Lamont Warner, III, wanted for probation violation in connection with a 2011 felony.

Officers also learned there may be a gun in the home.

A neighbor, who did not want to be identified, told us he had never seen anything like the standoff that ensued Wednesday evening.

"I saw a lot of lights; a lot of people standing in the street," the neighbor recalled.

After learning who the man in the apartment really was, officers tried to talk to him again but he would not respond.

"I think they also had family members trying to talk to him," Lt. Wallace said.

The officers eventually threw a flashbang grenade into the apartment and went in and arrested Warner.

"Given the circumstances," Lt. Wallace emphasized, "it wasn't excessive. At the end of the day, everybody walked away from there safe."

Lt. Wallace said there were actually multiple 911 calls made from the apartment Wednesday evening, but he didn't know what any of them were about.

WSLS asked for a copy of the 911 tapes but the police department said they would not be released because they are part of an ongoing investigation.

The neighbor says crime has become commonplace in the area, but it doesn't bother him.

Things happen. It could happen anywhere," the neighbor pointed out. "I know a lot of the folk[s] over here. Basically, they're good people."

Warner is charged with probation violation and identity theft.


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