An attempt to arrest an alleged dangerous gangster and wanted felon Wednesday night at a mobile home park off U.S. Highway 17 in Glynn County resulted in a standoff, which ended when local police SWAT and K-9 teams arrested the man without incident, Sheriff Neal Jump said.
William Russell Warner, 39, is being held in the Glynn County Detention Center on a charge of felony violation of probation, according to jail records.
Law enforcement moved in after sheriff’s deputies learned that Warner was armed and staying at a mobile home in the Trans-villa Mobile Home Park, 145 Emanuel Farm Road. “Information also was obtained that Warner was involved in armed drug trafficking and was a documented member of the notorious Gangster Disciples criminal street gang,” Jump said. Authorities allege Warner also has ties to the street gang Ghost Face Gangsters.
Sheriff’s deputies were aided by agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, state corrections officers, Glynn County police and Brunswick police in arresting Warner, Jump said.
A woman came to the door when law enforcement approached the mobile home in which Warner was staying around 9:30 p.m., Jump said. Warner allegedly came to the door moments later. He allegedly reached for his waistline as if going for a handgun, then closed the door.
The woman was removed from harm’s way, after which law enforcement set up a perimeter around the residence, Jump said. After numerous unsuccessful attempts to persuade Warner to surrender peacefully, the county’s SWAT team and a Brunswick K-9 team moved in to subdue him, Jump said.
Additionally, county EMS workers and firefighters were on scene. County police chief John Powell and Jump remained on scene throughout the standoff.
“The teamwork of all of the agencies involved was exemplary of the type of efforts that lead to making the streets of Glynn County safer,” Jump said.