Man accused of holding woman hostage in New Haven standoff identified

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The man accused of holding a woman hostage in a New Haven apartment and then barricading himself before surrendering has been identified.

New Haven Police said that at around 3:30 a.m. on Thursday, officers responded to a standoff at a Henry Street apartment, between Dixwell Avenue and Orchard Street, before it peacefully ended just before noon.

Neighbors said is looked like a war zone.

“I heard a lot of chaos,” one woman told News 8. “Windows breaking. Somebody screaming.”

“Officers were told that a man who does not live there had barged in or entered the residence with a handgun,” police said during a press conference.

Investigators said 45-year-old David George Williams, of New Haven, was holding a woman at gunpoint inside the apartment but later released her at around 9 a.m.

He then continued to barricade himself inside the apartment until surrendering to police just before noon.

“We worked with a member of the clergy, a reverend or pastor who’s familiar with the suspect, as well as family members, relatives of the suspect,” police said.

Previous 2020 Year Booking Photo David George Williams (New Haven Police)

Williams is now at a local hospital for a medical evaluation and charges are pending against him. He is being held under police guard.

There were no other injuries reported. The relationship between the suspect and the woman is unknown.

Special Victims Unit investigators have seized a handgun believed to have been used by the suspect.

Several streets were closed to motorists and pedestrians while police worked to solve the dispute but have since been reopened.

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