An hours-long standoff that began Tuesday afternoon resulted in the arrest of one man Wednesday.
Roane and Loudon county deputies responded to a residence on Oak Grove Road in Loudon for an unwelcome person behaving in a threatening manner. Deputies knew 38-year-old Justin Wade Sampson was wanted on several charges from a previous incident at the same address, as well as multiple felony arrest warrants.
Loudon County officers indicated the homeowner had left the building, but Sampson was still inside and would neither respond nor exit the residence as instructed.
The owner told deputies she’d been watching television at mid afternoon the previous day when she heard her front door bust open. Moments later, Sampson appeared at the doorway to her bedroom. She said she tried to leave, but Sampson blocked her, then threatened to burn her house down.
The woman said she was afraid of being burned in the house and Sampson had already physically assaulted her a few days ago. She added Sampson had been showing up at her residence and either sleeping on her back porch or in vehicles parked in the backyard.
She called a friend, who heard Sampson yelling threats and called 911, then drove to the home. The friend said he heard yelling from inside, but 911 dispatchers told him not to enter, but to wait for officers to arrive.
The owner said she didn’t know whether Sampson was armed, but mentioned there were BB guns in the residence. She was not injured in the incident and declined medical treatment.
Sampson refused several commands from deputies to announce himself. When he refused to comply after multiple requests, the owner gave consent for officers to enter.
Deputies said they saw a blanket on a bottom bunk in a child’s bedroom, moving rapidly up and down, consistent with someone hiding underneath. Officers removed the blanket and took Sampson into custody.
Sampson stated he knew officers were there, but was playing dead.
Sampson was jailed on active outstanding warrants (from February 10) for aggravated burglary, aggravated assault and violation of bond conditions. He was additionally charged with resisting stop/frisk/halt/arrest or search, false imprisonment, aggravated domestic assault, aggravated burglary and violation of bond conditions.
Deputies have contacted the district attorney general’s office to pursue revocation of Sampson’s previous bond.