Suspect taken into custody after barricading himself inside Marietta home

- An armed robbery suspect has been taken into custody after barricading himself inside a Marietta home late Wednesday morning.

Police said Taavon Johnson, 22, was armed with a knife talked his way into a house on Springhollow Lane after attempting to steal a truck.

Officers said after he got inside the home, the suspect barricaded himself in the attic. Police were able to communicate with him and took him into custody without incident shortly before 11 a.m.

The residents, a woman and two pre-school aged children, who were inside the home were safely evacuated after the suspect came inside, according to police.

Police said the incident began around 8:30 a.m. when police received multiple calls of a man swinging a sledge hammer at the driver's side of a moving truck as he stood in the back of the flatbed.

Minutes later, the man with the sledgehammer called 911 stating someone tried to take his commercial vehicle, pulled a knife, and fled the scene on foot.

At 9 a.m., a deputy from the Cobb County Sheriff's Office saw a man that fit the description of the suspect enter the house at the intersection of Bellemeade Drive and Springhollow Lane.

Marietta SWAT was called in and began negotiating with the suspect.  At 10:51 a.m., an officer convinced Johnson to surrender.

Police said Johnson has outstanding warrants that include theft by receiving, theft by taking, driving without a license, obstruction, entering auto, and obstruction.

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