Suspect surrenders, ending 29-hour standoff at Winston-Salem motel

Christopher Shane Jenkins

Christopher Shane Jenkins

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A man holding a 16-year-old hostage inside a motel on University Parkway surrendered around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday following a 29-hour standoff, nearly two hours after he released the hostage.

Christopher Shane Jenkins surrendered to police without incident at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, two hours after a 16-year-old hostage walked out of the motel room.

Jenkins is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

Officers escorted 16-year-old Andrew Jovanni Menjivar alongside the front of the motel and across a parking lot toward University Parkway, where the hostage was put into a patrol car and driven away.

Andrew Jovanni Menjivar

Andrew Jovanni Menjivar

Winston-Salem Police Chief Rountree said Menjivar was arrested on an outstanding warrant for a larceny charge. He was placed in the Forsyth County Jail under a $5,000 secured bond.

Chief Rountree said they will continue to use the term “hostage” unless their investigation reveals conflicting information.

Winston-Salem police said Jenkins is charged with aggravated sexual battery, communicating threats, assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, reckless driving to endanger, reckless driving, fleeing to elude arrest, two counts of resisting a public officer and 15 misdemeanor traffic and drug charges. He was placed in the Forsyth County Jail under an $80,000 secured bond. Additional charges are pending.

Chief Rountree said one handgun was found inside the room.

“The bottom line is, we wanted not to rush it. We wanted to bring it to a peaceful conclusion,” said Chief Rountree.

Jenkins being placed into a police car after surrendering.

Jenkins being placed into a police car after surrendering.

When he surrendered, Jenkins was wearing a pillowcase on his head. Chief Rountree said the suspect wanted to hide his identity, and the pillowcase was part of the negotiations.

The standoff began around 11 a.m. Monday when police received information about a wanted person barricaded inside the Travelers Inn at 5906 University Pkwy.

Police said initial information given to them indicated Jenkins was holding a family member hostage inside the motel. The hostage was later identified as the suspect’s brother.

According to police, Jenkins has outstanding warrants connected to a police chase in King on Sunday night.

Around 11:55 p.m. Sunday, Surry County 911 received a call indicating deputies were pursuing a Silver Altima on US 52 approaching the Surry County Line at speeds in excess of 100 mph.

At 11:59 p.m., Jenkins called 911 and claimed he had a hostage in the vehicle and would shoot the hostage. The pursuing deputies were informed of the 911 call and were advised by Surry County 911 to end the chase.

When the pursuit ended, Surry County deputies had not reached the last known location of the pursuit. Deputies searched the area but were unable to find the suspect’s vehicle.

About four hours after the standoff started on Monday, Jenkins called a FOX8 assignment editor and said that he wanted a “peaceful resolution” to the situation.

Jenkins said he didn’t want to hurt anyone and that he needed time to think. Jenkins also said he allowed police to talk to his hostage so they would know he was OK.

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Update: US 52 ramp has reopened.

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WSPD responded around 11 a.m. to the hotel because of a hostage situation involving an armed man who barricaded himself in a room with what police believe is one of the man’s family members.

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Police have been negotiating with the suspect all day. As of 2:30 p.m., hostage situation continues.

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There has been a lot of activity at the scene in the past 30 minutes, but hostage situation continues as of 3 p.m.

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Police tell us they are still talking to the suspect. Negotiating continues.

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People were also asked to evacuate their rooms. Police have been in contact with the man and are negotiating with him, according to Lt. Rob Cozart.

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Here’s an aerial shot of the motel and nearby businesses (Source: Google). http://localtvwghp.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/capturefd.jpg?w=660

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Below is an aerial shot of the motel and nearby businesses (Source: Google Earth). 

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Police have confirmed the hostage situation at a hotel on University Parkway involves an armed man and one of his family members.

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Traffic has been diverted from the area, a police sniper is on top of a building and there is a SWAT presence. 

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Standoff continues. No updates as of 3:41 p.m.

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Police say this is still an active hostage situation. Area remains blocked off. 

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Hostage standoff approaching 6th hour. No new updates at this time. We’ll have latest on FOX8 5 and 6 p.m. news.

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Lt. Rob Cozart of the Winston-Salem police said negotiations with the suspect are continuing, although the suspect hasn’t asked for anything specific. 

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Here’s the official press release from Winston-Salem Police:

Officers with the Winston Salem Police Department received information about a wanted person staying at the Travelers Inn located at 5906 University Parkway. Upon making contact with this individual, the subject stated he was armed and had a hostage. This subject refused to surrender to the officers. A perimeter was established and members of the Winston Salem Police Department SWAT team responded to this location. Several persons were evacuated from the hotel as well as surrounding businesses. It is believed the reported hostage is a relative of the subject.

At this time the situation is ongoing and negotiators are in the process of negotiating with this subject. Additional information will be released as it becomes available. Traffic in the area has not been affected however, several businesses remain closed.

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A Red Cross Disaster Action Team of volunteers is on the scene of the Winston-Salem hostage situation at the Traveler’s Inn. They were called earlier this afternoon and are running a canteen for the 50-75 responders.

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Hostage situation entering seventh hour. It is unclear if the suspect has yet made any demands to police.

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As the hostage situation approaches the 10th hour, the suspect has still not given any indication that they will surrender. 

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Hostage situation in Winston-Salem now heading into 19th hour. FOX8’s Michael Spears is live on the scene with updates all morning.

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The hostage situation started at 11 a.m. Monday. We’re quickly approaching 24 hours. 

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High Point police confirm they’ve sent units to standoff in Winston-Salem.

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Around 1:45 p.m., a man walked out of the motel with his arms in the air and was placed in the back of a police car. The Winston-Salem Journal is reporting the man was the hostage.

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The Winston-Salem Journal is reporting that King Police Chief Paula May confirmed this afternoon that the man who has barricaded himself at Travelers Inn is Christopher Shane Jenkins.

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According to police, the suspect has outstanding warrants connected to a police chase in King on Sunday night.

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The 16-year-old who walked out of the motel has not been identified. Police will not release any names until news conference. 

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Updates on the chase in Surry County prior to the hostage situation in Winston-Salem:

According to police, the suspect has outstanding warrants connected to a police chase in King on Sunday night.

Around 11:55 p.m. Sunday, Surry County 911 received a call indicating deputies were pursuing a Silver Altima on US 52 approaching the Surry County Line at speeds in excess of 100 mph.

Deputies responded and prepared to join the chase.

At 11:59 p.m., the suspect called 911 and claimed he had a hostage in the vehicle and would shoot the hostage. The pursuing officers were informed of the 911 call and the officers were advised by Surry County 911 to end the chase.

When the pursuit ended, Surry County officers had not reached the last known location of the pursuit. Deputies searched the area but were unable to find the suspect’s vehicle.

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Updates on the chase in Surry County prior to the hostage situation in Winston-Salem:

According to police, the suspect has outstanding warrants connected to a police chase in King on Sunday night.

Around 11:55 p.m. Sunday, Surry County 911 received a call indicating deputies were pursuing a Silver Altima on US 52 approaching the Surry County Line at speeds in excess of 100 mph.

At 11:59 p.m., the suspect called 911 and claimed he had a hostage in the vehicle and would shoot the hostage. The pursuing deputies were informed of the 911 call and were advised by Surry County 911 to end the chase.

When the pursuit ended, Surry County deputies had not reached the last known location of the pursuit. Deputies searched the area but were unable to find the suspect’s vehicle.

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BREAKING: Standoff suspect has surrendered. 

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Suspect surrendered just before 3:30 p.m.

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Police car leaving scene with suspect in custody. 

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A police press conference is scheduled for 4:45 p.m. You can watch the live stream here: http://www.myfox8.com/live

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We will be live streaming  the press conference (http://www.myfox8.com/liveand updating the blog with details from the press conference. It’s expected to begin at 4:45 p.m. 

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Christopher Shane Jenkins

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You can watch the WSPD presser live here: http://myfox8.com/on-air/live-streaming/

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WSPD Chief Barry Rountree is speaking at press conference, recapping the events that unfolded in King.

According to police, the suspect has outstanding warrants connected to a police chase in King on Sunday night.

Around 11:55 p.m. Sunday, Surry County 911 received a call indicating deputies were pursuing a Silver Altima on US 52 approaching the Surry County Line at speeds in excess of 100 mph.

At 11:59 p.m., the suspect called 911 and claimed he had a hostage in the vehicle and would shoot the hostage. The pursuing deputies were informed of the 911 call and were advised by Surry County 911 to end the chase.

When the pursuit ended, Surry County deputies had not reached the last known location of the pursuit. Deputies searched the area but were unable to find the suspect’s vehicle.

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Hostage was also arrested on an outstanding warrant.

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The suspect faces several charges.

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Chief Rountree said the hostage and suspect are brothers.

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WSPD received a tip around 10:36 a.m. about Jenkins being at the motel.

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Chief Rountree says there was one weapon found inside the motel room.

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“The bottom line is we wanted not to rush it. We wanted to bring it to a peaceful conclusion,” said Chief Rountree.

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“The hostage walked out of the room and was transported to a different location in a police vehicle,” said Chief Rountree.

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Jenkins wanted to hide his identity when he came out of the motel room, so police gave him a pillowcase to put over his head. 

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Chief Rountree confirms a handgun was found inside the room.

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WSPD did not provide the suspect any food during negotiations. 

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16-year-old hostage identified as Andrew Menjivar (sp). 

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The live blog has ended. 

43 comments

  • Nic

    This is what happens when thigs are not rushed no one gets hurt or shot unlike the situation in Davie County with un experienced sheriffs and deputies sounds like they need to go back and get some schooling

  • rican

    boring all that police work yet down the street crack and whores wake up was for show a hostage they were bangng eachother!

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