Barricade situation in Norfolk ends peacefully

Donald Smiley (Photo courtesy of the Norfolk Police Department)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A barricade situation on the 200 block of W. 31st Street in Norfolk has ended peacefully and the suspect is in custody.

Donald Smiley (Photo courtesy of the Norfolk Police Department)
Donald Smiley (Photo courtesy of the Norfolk Police Department)

48-year-old Donald Smiley held a woman against her will following a domestic violence incident, according to Norfolk Police Department.

Police say they responded to the location just before midnight for a possible domestic assault.  They say when they got there, they were able to confirm that a man and woman were inside of the home, but were unable to contact them directly. Smiley refused to release the woman and made threats against the woman’s and his welfare during the initial stages of the situation.

Norfolk Police Hostage Crisis Negotiators were on scene and continued to communicate with Smiley. The suspect will be charged with one count of abduction and may face charges for domestic assault.

The following streets were closed for foot and car traffic:

-200 block W. 30th Street
-100 and 200 blocks W. 31st Street
-200 block W. 32nd Street

Surrounding streets have reopened for normal traffic. Police say there is currently no threat to public safety and no evacuations have begun.

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