Crime & Courts

2 charged with kidnapping in Stallings standoff

Two men face burglary and kidnapping charges after they allegedly broke into a Stallings home and held two children hostage during a standoff with police.

The children were not injured in the standoff, which ended about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday after lasting seven hours.

Stallings police arrested Henry Clyburn, 29, and Wesley Baker, 26, in connection with the incident at a home on Aurora Boulevard, between East John Street (Monroe Road) and Pleasant Plains Road. That is near the Union-Mecklenburg county line.

Police said the series of events began about 10 p.m. Monday when two men forced their way into the home and demanded money. The two children, a 15-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy, were by themselves in the home at the time.

Investigators said one of the children was able to call a relative, who then called 911.

Stallings police and the Union County Sheriff’s Office responded, and police said a man, later identified as Clyburn, and the 12-year-old boy came out of the house sometime around midnight. Clyburn was taken into custody.

A SWAT team was called in, and sometime during the night, the 15-year-old managed to escape through a window on the side of the house.

About 5 a.m., police decided to use tear gas to get the other suspect out of the house.

“Officers made every attempt they could to contact the other man, by using a PA system,” Stallings Police Chief Minor Plyler said. After that didn’t work, Plyler said, “They had to use tear gas.”

The second man, identified later as Baker, was brought out of the house by officers shortly after 5 a.m. Baker had been hiding in the attic, police said.