April 29, 2006 - Posted at 1:00 p.m. CST
LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ A prisoner who held a Pulaski County
sheriff's deputy hostage yesterday at the county courthouse
surrendered peacefully after nearly an hour of negotiations.
Twenty-nine-year-old Alonzo Gilliam of North Little Rock was
arrested after he held the female officer hostage in the basement
of the courthouse, where prisoners scheduled for court hearings are
temporarily held. Deputy Joyce May, a detention officer, was not
hurt during the ordeal. During negotiations, Little Rock police
Officer Jason Roberts says he spoke to Gilliam through a window of
a control booth, where Gilliam held the deputy hostage. Roberts
says Gilliam was upset about pending criminal cases against him.