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Man surrenders following standoff at Laurel Park
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A man suspected of child enticement surrendered to authorities following an hour-and-a-half standoff Thursday at Laurel Park.

When Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputies attempted to take Samuel Lamar Peppers, 36, of Covington into custody around 9 a.m., he pulled a gun, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Deputy Nicole Bailes said.

The suspect was trying to meet a 14-year-old at the park, she said.

“This was the result of an undercover Internet operation,” she said.

A sheriff’s office investigator had communicated with Peppers for the past two weeks, posing through a mobile app as a

14-year-old girl.

“Peppers engaged in sexually explicit conversations in addition to providing pornographic images of his self to the investigator,” Bailes wrote in a news release.

Peppers planned to meet the girl at the park, at 3100 Old Cleveland Highway, “for the purposes of a sexual act,” authorities said.

After arriving at Laurel Park, Peppers was “spooked” and fled in his vehicle from investigators attempting a traffic stop, authorities said.

Once Peppers’ path was blocked by patrol cars, he showed investigators he had a gun, authorities said.

SWAT was called for help, along with a negotiator, medics and Hall County Fire Services. Peppers surrendered and was taken into custody.

He has been charged with child enticement and criminal attempt of child molestation and is being held without bond.

Peppers received additional charges of fleeing and eluding as well as possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, Bailes wrote.

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