Armed robbery suspects in custody following SWAT standoff

- A five-hour long SWAT standoff ended peacefully in York County, with two suspects in custody.

Jamal Lee and Emily Johns were wanted on warrants out of Wisconsin for armed robbery. The York County Sheriff’s Office alongside the U.S. Marshall’s Office got word the suspects were hiding in a mobile home on Catawba Church Road.

When deputies knocked on their door Monday, the suspects barricaded themselves inside the trailer.

Neighbors, as well as a nearby church, had to be evacuated. The Rock Hill Bomb Squad also assisted, using their robot to bring cigarettes to the suspects to calm them down.

The York County Sheriff’s office brought in negotiators and used drones over the area. The couple eventually walked out of the home and surrendered without incident.

“Of course when you go into an unknown situation where someone barricades themselves inside a home, that’s when you take every precaution to figure out what their intentions are,” said Trent Farris, York County Sheriff’s Office PIO.

Lee and Johns will be booked into the Moss Justice Center and extradited back to Madison, Wisconsin where they face charges for an armed robbery on October 24.

They had a handgun and a child in the backseat of the get-away car. The child was not inside the mobile home during the SWAT standoff.

The pair is also believed to be wanted for another armed robbery in Minnesota.

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