Standoff ends with brothers arrested in Knoxville

Standoff ends with brothers arrested in Knoxville

Josh Monholland (pictured on left with an unidentified police officer) and his brother, Norris, were arrested Tuesday after fleeing from Memphis. Josh Monholland (pictured on left with an unidentified police officer) and his brother, Norris, were arrested Tuesday after fleeing from Memphis.

March 7, 2006

By JEFF LENNOX and ERICA ESTEP
6 News Reporters

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- A police standoff ended peacefully Tuesday when two suspects, who are brothers, surrendered to officers. One of the pair was wanted in Memphis.

Officers responded to an anonymous tip around 8:40 a.m. Tuesday that 17-year-old Norris E. Monholland was at an apartment where his brother, 20-year-old Josh Monholland, sometimes lives. It's a small building at 2109 Keith Avenue in Apartment D.

Norris was wanted for escaping from a juvenile detention facility in Memphis. His records are sealed because he's a juvenile but the court says he has an extensive criminal history.

Josh was wanted in Knoxville for violating parole. Josh also has past charges. In January 2005, he plead guilty to theft of more than $60,000. In August 2005, he was charged with aggravated burglary. He also faces two charges for encouraging unruly behavior of a child.

When officers arrived, the brothers were outside. They ran up a flight of outside stairs and holed up in the apartment's attic. The SWAT team responded to the scene.

Around a dozen people were evacuated from the apartments. Officers then negotiated with the suspects, who gave themselves up peacefully after about two hours.

"I didn't expect to wake up to anything like this," says one resident, Jamie Gill.

"I'm glad everybody walked out of this nice. I'm glad they did, too. Regardless of what they've done, I'm just glad everybody walked out of this good, another day to live," Brooke Hall says.

"Everything went real well. The negotiators did an excellent job," says Lt Bob Wooldridge. "The SWAT team and patrol worked well together. Our main concern the entire time was for the safety of the community and ourselves."

Josh Monholland is being held in jail. Norris Monholland is being held in juvenile detention. They haven't been charged yet for Tuesday's standoff.

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