A 30-year-old Mabank man, was arrested Monday after barricading himself in his Baxter-area residence.

Dustin James Poole remained in the Henderson County Jail on charges of evading arrest and detention with a previous conviction, credit card abuse and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. Bond on Poole was set at $10,000.

Henderson County Sheriff’s Department reports said the arrest came after Lt. Bryan Tower and Warrant Dep. Billy Jack Valentine learned that Poole was located at a residence on County Road 4510 in Baxter.

The officers arrived at the address at about 11:45 a.m., and entered the residence. When he became aware of the officers, Poole went to a closet, and barricaded himself inside.

The officers learned that there was a firearm inside the closet, and sent for the HCSO Command Staff, as well as the HCSO Tactical Team.

After 30 to 45 minutes at the scene, HCSO negotiator Kalon Rollins was able to get a response from Poole, which opened the door for a dialogue between Poole and Sheriff Ray Nutt.

Shortly after 1 p.m., Poole surrendered to authorities without injury to himself or law enforcement personnel.

The Monday arrest stemmed from a May 12 incident. On that day, according to HCSO reports, Dep. Brian Hall recovered a stolen vehicle on County Road 2429.

After discovering the stolen car, Hall saw a Ford Mustang leaving the area, with a male passenger who matched the description of someone who had been seen near the stolen vehicle.

Hall caught up to the Mustang,  and conducted a traffic stop.  He  identified Poole, and learned that he had an outstanding Athens Police Department warrant for credit card abuse. Poole exited the vehicle and fled on foot.

Deputies later learned from an informant that Poole had fled and hid under a residence on CR 2429.

Command staff established a perimeter around the residence, but were not able to locate Poole at the time. He remained at-large until located near Baxter  Monday.


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