Robbery suspect in custody after hours-long police standoff

- A robbery suspect has been taken into custody after an hours-long SWAT standoff at a DeKalb County motel Monday morning. 

According to police, officers were called to the Knights Inn on Lawrenceville Highway after a man allegedly robbed a Waffle House across the street, then fled to the motel where he was reportedly renting a room. Officers received the 911 call just before 3 a.m. Monday. 

Police quickly evacuated motel residents. Some guests were still in their pajamas, others didn't even have time to grab a pair of shoes. 

Investigators said the man kept the SWAT team at bay for hours. Officers deployed tear gas and flash-bang grenades just after 7 a.m. Then, by 8 a.m., the robbery suspect was taken into custody without incident.

The spokeswoman for DeKalb Police Department told reporters the suspect was wearing only underwear when police found him hiding in a bathroom. 

"No one was injured during the Waffle House robbery and no shots were fired during the standoff with police," said spokewoman Shiera Campbell.

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