Sandy Springs police officers on Sept. 18 reported the arrest of a man they say broke into a Wells Fargo Bank , leading to a three-hour Sunday afternoon standoff with police. When officers finally entered the bank, the man was hidden in the ceiling, police said.

North Metro SWAT, consisting of Sandy Springs, Johns Creek, and Dunwoody Police Officers, SWAT medic teams and other support personnel surrounded the bank, Sandy Springs police reported.

Police allege Tyrus Barnett, 50, broke into the Wells Fargo Bank at 1034 Hammond Drive at 5:30 p.m. , tripping an alarm. Police attempted to negotiate with the suspect, putting a phone inside the bank to establish a line of communication. The negotiators tried to reach the suspect until 8 p.m.  Then the SWAT and K-9 teams went inside.

They said the suspect “had retreated up and into the drop ceiling area of the bank.”

“Barnett, in an attempt to elude the SWAT officers, fell through the drop ceiling and onto the bank floor,” police said in a press release. “He was then apprehended.   No other persons were found in the bank.”

Barnett is currently being treated at Northside Hospital for an injury to his leg resulting from the fall, police said.

Dan Whisenhunt

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