Hostage Situation Resolved In Summertown

Posted at 8:31 AM, Aug 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-24 18:16:22-04

Authorities were able to free a young person from what they called a dangerous situation in Summertown.

Officials with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office said they received a call about a person holding a young man at knife point. 

Deputies responded to a residence on Holloway Street, located not far from the county line, around 7 a.m. Wednesday.

According to investigators, the suspect, identified as 31-year-old Daniel Floyd Cates, barricaded himself in a bedroom of the home. He was allegedly yelling that someone was trying to kill him.

His mother and 11-year-old brother both attempted to calm him down, according to reports. Cates then threatened to throw his brother's television out of the window.

His brother allegedly went around the house to the window, which was when Cates dragged him through the window and would not let him go.

Reports stated Cates' mother went around the home to get the younger brother, which was when she saw Cates holding his brother at knife point.

Cates also allegedly threatened to kill his brother if he saw the police.

Authorities from Lawrence County were able to defuse the situation.

Officials confirmed they observed multiple injuries and blood on Cates' brother. 

Cates was facing multiple charges including domestic aggravated assault, child endangerment, especially aggravated kidnapping, and unlawful possession of a weapon for holding a knife with a blade length of more than four inches to his brother's throat.

Authorities confirmed Cates was booked into the Lewis County Jail where he was being held on a $60,000 bond.