‘Hostage’ in 29-hour standoff told authorities ‘he sat on the bed and smoked marijuana’

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Left: Andrew Menjivar looks out the window of a police cruiser as he is taken away from the scene during the final hours of a standoff at a motel on University Parkway Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. (Lauren Carroll/Journal File Photo) Right: Christopher Shane Jenkins

FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — The brother of a Forsyth County man that authorities initially thought was being held hostage in a nearly 29-hour standoff last year at a hotel was sitting on a bed and smoking marijuana during the incident, according to a court document filed in federal court, according to The Winston-Salem Journal.

Christopher Shane Jenkins, 33, of Belgrove Drive in Tobaccoville was arrested in February 2014 after he surrendered two hours after he released his brother, Andrew Jovanni Menjivar. Jenkins is now facing a federal charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Jenkins was not charged with kidnapping his brother. According to a factual basis document filed by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Cochran, Menjivar later told authorities that “at no time was he in fear for his life nor had his brother pointed a gun at him.”

“Menjivar said that he sat on the bed and smoked marijuana during the standoff,” according to the document. “Menjivar said that he wanted to hang out with his brother because he knew that he would not be able to do so for a long time.”

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