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Man in Custody from Barricaded/Hostage Situation

Clarksville Police DepartmentClarksville, TN – On June 24th, 2011, around 1:42am, 911 received a frantic call from a juvenile at 106 Hickory Trace about the parents fighting and that the father is hitting the mother and was going to kill them.

When officers arrived a 30 year woman and her 12 year old daughter had fled from the residence and the woman had injuries to her face. Police were told that a 2 year old male, was still inside with, the suspect, Karl Banks. Additionally, it was determined the two year old was a child that Banks and his girlfriend, the 30 year old domestic victim had in common.

Banks in custody. (CPD-Jim Knoll)
Banks in custody. (CPD-Jim Knoll)

Officers repeatedly beat on the door trying to contact with Banks, but there was no response from inside. The building was surrounded and Crisis Negotiators and the Tactical Unit were called the scene.  Officers continued their efforts to contact Banks, but to no avail.

Once the Negotiators arrived they resumed efforts to contact Banks while the Tactical Unit developed a course of action in the eventuality that Banks would not come out voluntarily. At this point, since Banks never responded, Police were not positive that  Banks or the two year child were still inside the residence.

A decision was made for CPD’s Tactical Unit, with assistance from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad personnel and their robot, to make entrance into the lower level of the apartment. A little after 5:15am, the Tactical Unit entered the lower level, immediately saw the two year old and took him to a safe area. Banks was not found in the lower level.

The Tactical Unit moved to the upper level of the apartment, deployed a chemical irritant in the hallway, forced open a bedroom door and used a distraction device (commonly referred to a flashbang) prior to entering the room, and were able to take Banks into custody without harm. Banks was taken in custody around 6:27am.

Karl Banks

Karl BanksName: Karl Brandom Banks (B/M)

DOB: 3/18/81
Given Address: 106 Hickory Trace, Clarksville, TN
Arresting Officer: Emmanuel Graham
Charged With: Domestic Assault and had a Contempt warrant on file.
Booked Into: Montgomery County Jail
Bond: The Bond for the Domestic Assault was $500 and the Contempt, $5400 for a Total Bond of $5900.

Banks has an extensive Criminal History involving violence and is currently on Probation for two counts of aggravated assaults.

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