A SWAT standoff in Lithonia that started as a domestic violence call and escalated to a man refusing to leave the home setting it ablaze, has ended in an arrest, according to authorities.
At 4:45 a.m. DeKalb County police responded to a call from a woman who claimed she had been assaulted bty the man and he was holding her and others in the home against their will.
Officers responding to the home on Regency Manor Court -- in the Regency Woods subdivision -- reported that two women and a man got out of the house safely but that the man accused of the assault refused to leave. Officers, believing the man might be armed, called in a SWAT team.
Initially, it was erroneously reported by authorities that there were children in the home.
During the course of negotiations the man threatened to burn the house down, authorities said. DeKalb County Fire & Rescue was called to the scene as a precaution.
Shortly after 8 a.m., the man set the house on fire.
Police were able to take him into custody after he started the fire. There are no details yet on how the man was removed from the home or if he walked out on his own. Several weapons were recovered inside the home.
The woman who was assaulted is believed to be the man's girlfriend.
The man faces assault and arson charges and possible weapons charges depending on his criminal history, authorities said.
According to DeKalb County Fire & Rescue, the home is a complete loss.
DeKalb County police are withholding the man's name pending positive identification.
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Monday, September 1 2014 11:00 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:00:16 GMT
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