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Standoff ends with Taser in back

Standoff ends with Taser in back

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GREENSBORO — A Greensboro man barricaded himself inside a residence in the Smith Homes community Wednesday afternoon after police attempted to serve warrants for his arrest.

Ben Rashaun Washington, 21, of 913 Spry St., locked himself inside an apartment at 1503 E. Hudgins Drive about 2:20 p.m.

Police were attempting to serve warrants for kidnapping, burglary, assault and injury to personal property from a series of incidents reported to police in late August.

Several officers guarded the entrances to the apartment for about two hours while awaiting clearance to enter from a judge. About 50 residents gathered across the street, some yelling obscenities at police.

About 4 p.m., Lizborne Ruffina Tillett, 24, tried to leave the apartment with a bag of garbage.

When officers confronted her, she said she was trying to take out her trash and didn’t know anything about a wanted person.

Screaming at officers who were questioning her, she tried to walk away and was arrested, according to warrants filed at the Guilford County Magistrate’s Office.

With guns drawn, officers entered the apartment with a K-9 unit about 4:30 p.m.

When officers broke open the door, Washington tried to flee and was shocked on his back with a Taser and arrested, police said.

According to warrants, Washington is accused of first-degree burglary at an apartment on Ardmore Drive on Aug. 23.

Warrants say that while he was there, Washington strangled and kidnapped Shana McKinney, a resident of the home.

Washington is also accused of causing $200 in damage to a 1999 Buick Park Avenue owned by Jessica Stephens on Aug. 24.

Washington was charged Wednesday with assault by strangulation, first-degree burglary, first-degree kidnapping and injury to personal property related to the August incidents.

Charges of resisting a public officer and second-degree trespassing were added as a result of the standoff on Wednesday.

He is held at the Guilford County jail in Greensboro on a $50,000 secured bond.

Tillett was charged with resisting a public officer and harboring a fugitive.

She was released on a written promise to appear in court.

Contact Ryan Seals at

373-7077 or at rseals


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