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Navasota Standoff Suspect Identified


NAVASOTA, TX A Navasota man is in jail accused of assaulting his girlfriend, barricading himself inside his home during a standoff and firing at police.

News 3 was in Navasota Sunday night and spoke with the suspect's girlfriend and neighbors about what happened.

No one was hurt, but Kenneth James Griggs is facing serious charges accused of firing at least two shots at officers who'd responded to his mobile home.

This happened after his girlfriend reportedly told a state trooper she'd been assaulted by him.

The College Station SWAT Team, Navasota Police and DPS Troopers descended on a home in the 800 block of North 8th Street.

News 3 Network partner The Navasota Examiner shot photos of the scene and was first to report the story.

Sunday night all was quiet here at the mobile home where just a day earlier city officials say 30-year-old Kenneth Griggs barricaded himself inside and fired at least two shots at police.

One shattered a window on the home.

"Yeah we saw the police. There was probably about four or five cruisers when I heard them. I saw them you know coming down the main road and one turned off blocked the main road," said David Lopez.

Lopez lives a few blocks down in this Navasota neighborhood and while he didn't hear the gunshots, did see the SWAT Team and police arrive.

He says he and his neighbors were instructed to stay inside for about two hours. He says he heard lots of noise at the suspect's home earlier in the evening.

"There was partying, loud music and they live a couple about two blocks away and you could hear them from over here, so they were pretty rowdy," Lopez added.

Kenneth Griggs' girlfriend tells News 3 she wasn't injured and she doesn't understand why he's also facing charges for assault causing bodily injury against a family member. She adds her home was damaged while he was shooting and after police came inside.

She said that Griggs had been drinking too much whisky.

David Lopez was just glad nobody was hurt.

"I didn't expect that to be happening in this neighborhood. It's a quiet neighborhood but it could have happened in any neighborhood," he said.

A hostage negotiator was able to talk Griggs down and he was taken into custody.

He's also facing charges for Aggravated Assault on a Public Servant,
Making a Terroristic Threat Against a Public Servant and a Montgomery County charge for Violation of a Protective Order.

Kenneth Griggs remains in the Grimes County Jail with bonds set at a total of $1,515,500.

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An armed person who reportedly barricaded himself in a Navasota home was taken into custody after a standoff Saturday night.

As reported by our News 3 Network partners at the Navasota Examiner, the suspect was taken into custody by authorities around 9:35 p.m.

News 3 has confirmed with the Grimes County Jail 30-year-old Kenneth James Griggs is jailed after he was arrested at his home in the 800 block of North 8th Street in Navasota.

He faces the following charges:

Aggravated Assault on a Public Servant (1st degree felony) $1.5 million bond
Assault Causing Bodily Injury Against a Family Member (Class A Misdemeanor) $7,500 bond
Terroristic Threat Against a Public Servant (Class A Misdemeanor) $7,500 bond
Montgomery County Charge: Violation of a Protective Order (Class A Misdemeanor) $500 bond.

According to city spokesperson Corey Johnson, there had been a welfare concern call that brought authorities to the area on the west side of town along 8th Street and Blackshear Street.

The suspect had reportedly been firing shots.

“As officers determined the individual was intoxicated, they then tried to check the property for any safety concern and were turned away," Johnson told the Examiner. "When such an instance happens, officers do their best to secure the perimeter."

A College Station Police SWAT team, DPS and the Grimes County Sheriff's Office assisted Navasota Police, with a staging area at the nearby Dollar General on North LaSalle. Neighbors were told by authorities to remain inside.

A hostage negotiator eventually convinced the man to surrender.

No injuries were reported.

News 3's Clay Falls will have the latest Sunday night at ten.


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