Investigators charge man accused of threatening to blow up apartment

Investigators charge man accused of threatening to blow up apartment
Source: CCDC
Source: CCDC

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Investigators have charged a 50-year-old man accused of threatening to blow up an apartment during a hostage situation in West Ashley Tuesday night.

Charleston police officials say Marion Clay Mazzell has been charged with threatening to use a destructive device, hoax device or replica, first-degree criminal domestic violence, two counts of assault on police while resisting arrest and kidnapping.

According to police, Mazzell was taken into custody after refusing to allow his girlfriend to leave her apartment and threatening to burn the building down after an argument.

Officers responded to reports of a domestic altercation around 8:30 p.m. at an apartment on the 300 block of Royal Palm Blvd.

According to an incident report, police received a 911 call from the suspect, who claimed he was in a verbal altercation with his girlfriend about narcotics. He reportedly told dispatch he was bout to "lose it" with the victim, and that the only way she was going to get out the apartment was with a SWAT team.

Dispatchers later called back and spoke to the victim, who said she was being held hostage and the suspect was threatening to burn down the apartment building.

Officials say the man initially refused to come out of the apartment once responders got there. The report states the suspect claimed to have explosives in his hand and had rigged the apartment door to blow up if police came in.

All nearby apartment buildings were evacuated, while others at the Palms Apartments were asked to stay inside while police and SWAT initiated a standoff with the suspect. 

A Charleston Police spokesperson says the man came out peacefully around 10:30 p.m. and was taken into custody without incident. He was transported to MUSC.

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