Robbery suspect from Orangeburg arrested at Ga. motel

THOMSON, GA (AP) - Authorities say a man believed to be a robbery suspect from South Carolina surrendered peacefully after a three-hour standoff at a Georgia motel.

Mike Ayers of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation tells The Augusta Chronicle that 40-year-old Harold Randall McDaniels of Orangeburg, S.C., was a suspect in a holdup.

The standoff began around 11:30 a.m. Monday when deputies tried to serve a warrant on McDaniels at the motel in Thomson.

Ayers says a SWAT team negotiator with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office talked McDaniels into coming out of the motel.

About 25 to 30 law enforcement officers from McDuffie and Richmond counties had gathered at the scene. A handful of customers were evacuated from the motel and a nearby Arby's restaurant.

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