Suspect Arrested After 4-Hour Standoff

By: Rayne McKenzie
By: Rayne McKenzie

It’s been a long day for law enforcement officials who waited four hours for the suspect, Daniel Wilson Junior to surrender.

Police and sheriff's deputies made several attempts to communicate with Wilson to lure him out of the house, and hours later, Wilson finally surrendered.

Houston County Sheriff's officials responded to an assault call in Avon Wednesday morning. There, authorities say they found 72-year-old Dorothy Nicholas badly beaten by her son Daniel Wilson.

Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes said, "We had deputies arrive on the scene, set a perimeter, and evacuate the neighbors because we knew there were high powered rifles in with the suspect."

Nearby, neighbors were unnerved when asked to evacuate their homes because of the situation.

A neighbor, Sollie Riley said, "It frightened me and it scared me to know the boy would do his mother that way."

Sheriff Hughes says if hostages had been involved, they would have forced entry to the house, but because Wilson was the only person inside, it was safer for both the deputies and Wilson to wait out the situation.

Police and sheriff's deputies say they aren't sure why Wilson resisted arrest. He is being interviewed by the sheriff's office for any additional information.

Sheriff’s deputies did say Wilson has been in trouble with the law before, but this will be his first felony offense.

Wilson is charged with second degree assault for abusing his mother. Law enforcement officials say additional charges may be pending.


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  • by Janet Nicholas Parish Location: Marianna, Florida on Jul 23, 2007 at 11:30 AM
    I am Doroghy Nicholas's step-daughter. I am concerned about Dorothy's well-being. This is not the first time that Daniel (Buddy) Daniel Wilson, Jr., Has hit his mother. On another occurance months ago. Buddy put bruises on his mother's shoulders, the bruises were the size of his hands. Dorothy begged me not to tell anyone. I wanted to go confront Buddy but Dorothy would not allow it. When I did visit her Buddy was always in his room, he is a very rude and nasty man. When my Father was living he wouldn't even allow for him to bathe in his home, he had to go to Truck stop to bathe. I hate that this has happened to Dorothy and I pray that he will be sentenced to the fullest for this horrible crime. I also believe that he was on some type of drug like meth or crack. He didn't work anywhere and has been living off Dorothy for several years now. All the insurance money my Dad left her is all gone. Buddy has drained her account, what little money she did have after burial expences. I honestly think he threatened her to get the money from her.
  • by dothan Location: dothan on Jul 18, 2007 at 04:26 PM
    how could anybody do there mother this way , he must be on prescription drugs or going through some kind of mad break up. i hope he get him some help for god sake .
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