Update: Standoff Between Police and Burglary Suspect in Athens Ends Peacefully


Benjamin Ted Moore

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ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson said police were in a standoff on South Houston Street outside the home of a burglary suspect until around 3p.m. Wednesday.

35-year-old Benjamin “Ted” Moore, a  suspect in a Tuesday night burglary at a privately owned building on Stewart Drive near the Athens-Limestone Recycling Center, originally refused to come out of the residence on South Houston Street.

The homeowner, who was allowing Moore to stay there, informed police that there may be weapons inside the home.

Police set up a perimeter and attempted to talk to Moore by text and public address system, but Moore never responded.  Moore’s girlfriend was in the home with him.

Johnson said one of Moore’s relatives informed police that Moore made comments Tuesday night such as he would not be taken alive, and if he didn’t end his life, he would have police do it.

Moore exited the home peacefully at 2:45 p.m.  No shots were fired and Moore did not resist arrest.

Moore is charged with third-degree burglary.  Additional charges may follow.