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Braselton Police lieutenant arrested after standoff at Flowery Branch home
Officer placed on leave without pay
Robert Holt
Robert Holt

A Braselton Police Department lieutenant was arrested over the weekend, charged with kidnapping and battery, following a standoff at a Flowery Branch home.

According to callers to 911 Saturday night, they could hear a “female in distress.”

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team arrived at the home on River Hill Drive in Flowery Branch around 9:45 p.m. following the 9:11 p.m. call and began negotiating with Lt. Robert Holt, 40.

A neighbor who wished not to be identified said the SWAT team and police lined up and down the street.

“They were out here on the speakers telling Rob to answer the phone, open the door, come out and talk to them,” the neighbor said.

The SWAT team eventually fired tear gas into the home after three hours of negotiations, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities then were able to contact Holt by phone, and he came out of the home and was arrested.

A female was found inside with an injured ankle; she refused medical treatment, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The neighbor reported he saw Holt and the woman riding motorcycles earlier that day before the incident.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the incident, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Holt was booked Sunday into the Hall County Jail and is set to have his first court appearance Monday.

Braselton Police Chief Terry Esco said Holt, who had been with the department 12 years, has been placed on administrative leave without pay.

“I hate it,” Esco said. “It’s unfortunate. We’ll have to deal with it as it goes on.”

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