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Blanket man, 25, indicted for standoff with authorities, holding mother hostage

A Brown County grand jury has indicted a 25-year-old Blanket man who held his mother hostage and was involved in a four-hour standoff with authorities during August 2016.

The indictments against Christopher David Boykin include aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault against public servant with deadly weapon.

According to Brown County Sheriff's Office, Boykin was arrested after barricading himself in his home between Avenue A and 5th Street in Blanket.

Fifteen to 20 law enforcement officers surrounded the area.

He was taken into custody after tear gas was used.

No one was hurt in the incident.

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BLANKET, Texas - A hostage was released -- and a suspect taken into custody -- after a more than four-hour standoff Friday.

A man, identified as Christopher Boykin, had barricaded himself Friday afternoon in his home located between Avenue A and 5th Street in Blanket, according to the Brown County Sheriff's Office.

Fifteen to 20 law enforcement officers surrounded the area.

"We didn't know exactly what it was until we got here," Sheriff George Caldwell said. "But, it turned out to be a hostage situation."

Authorities received the call at about 1:30 p.m.

"The [Department of Public Safety] began negotiating with the suspect," Caldwell said. "The suspect eventually released the hostage."

The hostage, according to law enforcement, was his mother. She was the only one inside the home except for Boykin. He now faces three counts of aggravated assault of a public servant with a deadly weapon, one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon/family violence, and unlawful restraint.

Texas Department of Public Safety negotiators continued to negotiate with the subject until about 6 p.m., when he was taken into custody after tear gas was used.

"DPS brought a robot and determined he was conscious, and they went in and arrested him," Caldwell said.

A next door neighbor was ordered to evacuate, the sheriff said.

Responding officers also took extra measures to protect themselves after the recent police shootings elsewhere.

"It could be dangerous," Caldwell said. "But we're, of course, trying to pay attention, and keep as much of undercover when we're dealing with these situations."

No one was hurt in the incident.


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