Lima police arrest Memphis man after 3-hour standoff

LIMA — Lima police arrested a man wanted in Tennessee after a three-hour standoff Tuesday night, the Lima Police Department reported in a press release.

The Lima Police Department reported it arrested Demarcus Williams, 32, of Memphis, Tenn., on charges of domestic violence and as a fugitive for justice. Williams was sought by U.S. Marshals for active warrants, including charges of aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, possession and sale of methamphetamine and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

At 5 p.m. Tuesday, a woman came into the Lima Police Department and reported Williams assaulted her in her apartment at 912 W. Wayne St., Lima. Officers went to the residence to contact Williams, who fled to an upstairs apartment and barricaded himself inside, according to the press release. The LPD SWAT and hostage negotiation teams were called to the scene, along with LPD detectives.

After an approximately three-hour standoff, negotiators diffused the situation, getting Williams out of the apartment. He was taken into custody without further incident.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Lima Police Department at 419-227-4444 or Detective Steve Stechschulte at 419-221-5181.

LPD reported Williams will face local charges first before making arrangements for extradition back to Memphis.

LPD reported Williams had a “lengthy violent criminal history and was just reportedly released from prison, earlier this year.” Tennessee prison records showed Williams, who went by the alias “Williams Big Twenty,” previously served a 10-year, six-month prison sentence in Tennessee before being released in October 2022.