Police arrest man following standoff on Newson Road

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Huntsville Police say they have arrested the man they have been in a standoff with since 3:00 p.m. Saturday. The arrest happened just before 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

Police tell us they arrested Kenneth Lamarte Adams, 28, after a negotiator talked with him. He is charged with robbery and possession of a pistol by a violent felon. Officers also took him in on an outstanding robbery warrant and a felony conspiracy to commit a controlled substance crime warrant.

Police say on Saturday afternoon, Adams forced his way into the home of two women on Newson Road.  One of the women got out and called for help.

"She was beating on my door, she was beating on my neighbor`s door and was saying, can you help me, can you help me?" neighbor Cassie Madden said.

A frantic knock on the door on Saturday afternoon was enough to make Madden suspicious.

"She said, 'Yes, there`s a guy with a gun and he`s chasing me," Madden said.

Madden opened up, while neighbors on Newson Road called police. Police say Adams forced his way into the home making demands. Within minutes, police showed up to surround him.

"I could see they had their guns out. After that, I got gone," one neighbor said.

Hours dragged on as more police, SWAT and Madison County sheriff`s officers showed up trying to get Adams to give himself up.

"Negotiators were on scene, it lasted a few minutes and they were able to get him in custody safely," Lt. Michael Johnson from Huntsville police said.

"Everyone`s been respectful. the police are being very respectful to everyone," Madden said.

A hot and intense afternoon for neighbors, who say they're glad cooler heads prevailed and everyone went home safe.

Lt. Johnson says Adams was known along Newson Road, but this wasn't a domestic situation and he didn't have a relationship with the two women who lived in the home.

Adams has two felony warrants. He's now being charged with First-degree Robbery and Possession of a Pistol by  A Violent Felon.

We searched Adams in the log for the Madison County Metro Jail, and found two previous arrests.