A Montgomery County man was taken into custody following an hour and a half standoff with local law enforcement Wednesday afternoon in Huntsville.
Convicted sex offender James Dale Pullin Jr., 49, was apprehended by members of the Huntsville Police Department SWAT team and Walker County Sheriff’s Office after he was found hiding in the crawl space of an attic at a residence in the 200 block of Highway 75 North. The suspect is wanted in Montgomery County on several felony sex offender warrants.
“We were able to take the suspect into custody without incident,” HPD Chief Kevin Lunsford said. “We got a sex offender off the streets.”
HPD received information that Pullin had jumped bond in Montgomery County and was believed to be staying in the Huntsville area. Officers attempted to make contact with the suspect at the residence on Highway 75 around 4 p.m. Pullin locked himself inside and barricaded the doors.
Officers gained entry into the home and found Pullin, who was unarmed, hiding in the attic. He did not resist arrest once he was cornered and was escorted outside and placed into the back of an HPD patrol car at 5:35 p.m.
“We had received word that the suspect was hanging around the schools so we needed to get him off the streets,” Lunsford said. “He is facing charges in Montgomery County and he could be facing some here if we find anything as we investigate the matter more. He could also face evading charges for hiding in the house.”
No one else was in the house at the time of the standoff.