Man arrested after tense standoff at Florida motel

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a robbery suspect after he barricaded himself in a Florida motel in what turned into a tense standoff.

Bay County Sheriff's officials say 34-year-old Bo Brantley has multiple warrants in two different states for drugs and armed robbery. A federal fugitive task force tracked him down at the motel using photos they say showed him robbing another convenient store Friday morning.

When officers approached his hotel room, they said he shouted that he was armed and that they would have to kill him to get him out. The SWAT team and a hostage negotiation team responded to Sleep Inn.

The News Herald reports that authorities also evacuated the motel as they talked with Brantley and used his mother and a close friend to help convince him to surrender peacefully.

He allowed the woman with him to leave unharmed and surrendered a few hours later. No injuries were reported.