Greenville Residents Evacuated For Hostage Situation

Greenville police say they responded to a hostage situation call about 12:30 Tuesday afternoon at the Rollinwood community on Rollins Drive. About 40 officers surrounded the area and the situation ended about 3:15.

Police say there was a failed drug transaction between two groups of people in a home. Investigators say two men demanded money and wouldn't allow anyone to leave. Police say one man was armed with a handgun.

People are being questioned, but no one has been arrested as of Tuesday night. The Greenvile Police Drug Task Force and the N.C. Investigations Bureau are looking into the case.

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For two hours, police had closed off part of Rollinwood. The community is located on Rollins Drive near Play It Again Sports.

Sgt. Carlton Williams says the original 911 call came in as a possible hostage around 1:15 p.m. Some 40 officers, including the department's Emergency Response Team, converged on the area. Units immediately adjacent were evacuated as a precaution.

The ordeal ended around 3:15 p.m. with no one injured and four people taken to the police department for questioning.


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More than 40 police officers are at the scene of a possible hostage situation at a Greenville community.

Part of Rollinwood has been evacuated while police say the situation began as the result of a dispute over money.

The community is on Rollins Drive near Play It Again Sports.

Sgt. Carlton Williams says the call came in around 1:15 p.m. as a possible hostage situation. He said the department's Emergency Response Team, hostage negotiators, and a mobile command center are on the scene.

Williams says there are as many as four or five suspects.

The community is made up of patio homes, with four to each building.

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  • by former resident Location: rollinwood on Apr 27, 2011 at 09:25 AM
    Maybe Keystone property management and the Homeowners Association should look into this. They make owners pay almost $80 a month to "cut the grass" and for neiborhood watch. The association thinks the residents are all old, well off, white people because they sit on the committee. NEWSFLASH... that is sooo not the case!
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: e on Apr 20, 2011 at 01:21 PM
    Different day, different crime...I'm glad I don't live or go to college in Greenville; home of the thugs.
  • by Bruce the Shark Location: Greenville on Apr 20, 2011 at 11:39 AM
    Hostages, Heck no! Sounds like a family reunion to me, everybody trying to figure out how to split up the drug money.
  • by b on Apr 20, 2011 at 08:27 AM
    HOW IN THE WORLD DOES A (DRUG DEAL) HOSTAGE SITUATION END WITH NO ARREST? YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!
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      by the rookie on Apr 20, 2011 at 09:58 AM in reply to b
      my question exactly?
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      by Anonymous on Apr 20, 2011 at 10:09 AM in reply to b
      Maybe you don't know everything you think you do. You think maybe all the facts have not been released? Maybe there was something else going on that the police need to investigate. It must be nice to know it all.
  • by jim Location: pitt county on Apr 20, 2011 at 06:12 AM
    This place sucks, The police are doing the best they can with what they have to work with. If they do to much the City officals complain and if they do to little they complain. What are they to do?
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      by joe on Apr 20, 2011 at 12:32 PM in reply to jim
      Fire the city 'officials' who are really just a bunch of morons?
  • by anthony Location: ca on Apr 19, 2011 at 10:14 PM
    Over the next decade, the United States is facing a potential shortage of criminal justice and security professionals, Search for "United Forensic College"
  • by Anonymous on Apr 19, 2011 at 06:22 PM
    I'm not saying they should have knocked on doors to tell us what was happening. I'm saying that our children were outside playing at the time & we could have been notifies to keep them inside. Nothing against GPD because I am happy they came here in full force! Makes me feel safer knowing they will do this!
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      by Anonymous on Apr 20, 2011 at 06:19 AM in reply to
      notified how? they were busy
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        by Resident on Apr 20, 2011 at 09:16 AM in reply to
        You are telling me that 1 of the 40 officers that was her someone could not have said something. My kids were outside playing the whole time that this was going on. Not once did anyone tell us to bring our kids inside. We found out bye our kids coming in the house telling us that thier was officers with kids guns outside. Then had to find out what was happening on the News. And BTW they did not have people leave the area I live across the road and was not asked to move
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          by Anonymous on Apr 20, 2011 at 11:28 AM in reply to Resident
          THANK YOU!!
  • by G on Apr 19, 2011 at 05:57 PM
    If drugs were legal and you could buy them in stores, this type of thing wouldn't happen. The effects of drug prohibition are worse than the effects of the drugs.
  • by Kane on Apr 19, 2011 at 05:52 PM
    Gville is right! Gville For Mayor!
  • by Chill on the police.... Location: Greenville on Apr 19, 2011 at 05:20 PM
    Everyone needs to chill on the police. When they respond in force.....they get reamed. When people think they are not doing enough.... they get reamed. All while trying to deal with increasing violence. Until the 'thug' element kills itself off, the police can only respond to calls.....not read minds.
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