CPD: Man used ex-girlfriend as 'human shield' in home invasion

Conway police were able to use a taser on a man holding a knife to the throat of a woman officers say was being used as “a human shield.”


According to a news release from the Conway Police Department, officers responded Saturday afternoon to reports of a hostage situation at a South German Lane apartment complex where a man identified by police as 24-year-old Xavier Carter of Conway was armed with a knife and holding his ex-girlfriend and her family inside an apartment against their will.

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A woman in her 60s and three children came out of the apartment after officers arrived, and the officers entered the apartment. Inside, they confronted Carter in a storage room holding a young woman police say was his ex-girlfriend with a knife to her neck, according to the report.

“[When t]hey demanded Carter drop the knife, he did not comply but instead he threatened to kill the woman,” the report states. “The situation continued to escalate to a more dangerous point as the suspect held the knife to the woman’s neck and used her as a shield between him and officers.

“Officers quickly determined that because of the proximity of the suspect and the victim, the use of deadly force could potentially put the victim’s life in further danger; in the end they were able to take Carter down by deploying a taser.”

The young woman was treated for cuts to her fingers and a small cut on her neck. Two other family members were also allegedly “punched” by Carter, according to the report.

Carter was arrested on suspicion of attempted capital murder, aggravated residential burglary, five counts of kidnapping and first- and third-degree battery.


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