Fight over baby socks led to SWAT standoff; suspect still on the loose, police say

Gwinnett County police and SWAT surrounded Capella Apartments on Preston Lake Drive in Norcross just before 8 a.m. Thursday.

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — A baby and his mother are safe, and the father of the child is in police custody.

Gwinnett County police and SWAT team members were in a 2-hour standoff at Capella Apartments in Norcross that started just before 8 a.m. Thursday.

Police told Channel 2's Kristen Holloway the man locked himself inside an apartment with their baby after he pointed a gun at the child's mother.

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Luckily, she was able to run out of the apartment, but police say this whole thing started because the couple was arguing about socks for their child.

That argument led to a physical fight and Gwinnett police say the man ended up pointing a gun at his girlfriend.


She ran outside to call 911 police first said he was inside the apartment with the baby.

Once they issued a search warrant and got inside, they found the baby but were not able to find the child's father, identified 20-year-old Jamal Alexander.

Channel 2 Action News was there as SWAT reunited the boy with his mother.

It was a safe ending for the child but officers said things were violent inside the apartment.

"The suspect tried to choke the victim by placing a pillow over here face. She was able to kick the suspect off of her and while she was leaving, he went side the apartment pulled out the handgun pointed it at her. She ran outside the apartment and called 911 to the scene, Gwinnett Police Officer Carlton Releford said.

Police said Alexander turned himself in around 1:15 p.m. He was charged with aggravated assault and simple battery.