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.
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.
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.