August 27, 2021

Rankin, Flowood special response teams assist Marshals with suspect barricaded in attic

Therese Apel

Items confiscated during a standoff in Flowood Friday

A Flowood man is facing several charges after barricading himself into his attic to avoid arrest by the U.S. Marshals.

According to the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department, Marshals were attempting to serve warrants on Raymond Ethan Thomas at a home on Gloucester Way and he refused to answer the door. It was then that police say Thomas hid in the attic.

The Marshals then backed out and requested assistance from the Rankin County Special Response Team and the Flowood Special Response Team. All three agencies continued to try to make contact with Thomas but were unsuccessful for some time, but finally Thomas surrendered peacefully.

He was taken into custody by Rankin County and transported to the Rankin County Detention Center. Thomas had warrants for 12 counts of felony extortion and 12 counts of felony intimidation out of Louisiana. He will also be charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and possession of counterfeit money with additional charges still pending investigation. District Attorney Bubba Bramlett will bring him before Rankin County Court Judge Kent McDaniel for an initial appearance.

Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued a special thanks to the Flowood Police Department and the US Marshals for their assistance with today’s events. The peaceful ending could not have been possible without their assistance.

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