Man held woman, 2 others hostage before surrendering to SWAT team, police say

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COBB COUNTY, Ga. — A Cobb County SWAT situation ended peacefully after police say a man with a handgun held a woman hostage inside a home.

Police confirmed to Channel 2 Action News that the suspect is convicted felon Frank Malone, who originally held three people against their will overnight at a halfway home.

A man and a woman were able to escape Tuesday and alert police, according to Cobb County Police Major Jeff Adcock.

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The woman who was held hostage during the standoff is unharmed. Malone surrendered peacefully and is now in police custody.


Channel 2 Cobb County Bureau Chief Chris Jose learned the halfway house is operated by New Transitions in Marietta.

The group's director confirmed to Jose that the hostage situation started around 6 p.m. Monday. Malone had been living at the home since July.

"He told them if the police showed up, he would kill them all," Natalie Rains, a friend of one hostage, told Jose.

After two of the hostages escaped, the SWAT team arrived on the scene in the 2300 block of Arkose Drive around 8 a.m. Tuesday.

The home is located near a day care center along with dozens of other businesses. Police said Milford Elementary and Osborne High School were on lockdown but were released.

The situation ended peacefully after four and a half hours of negotiation.