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Erskine Street Apartment Standoff
An Asheville man is behind bars tonight after a standoff at Erskine Street Apartments.
Authorities say the man at the center of the standoff walked away from his trial Tuesday, prompting a search. When officers spotted Brian Pickens at Erskine Street Apartments Wednesday, he ran into an apartment and barricaded himself inside.
Several Asheville Police Department units, including their SWAT team, was at Erskine Street Apartments around 4 p.m. Crisis negotiators were also called in to help.
After hours of trying to talk Pickens out of the apartment, he surrendered peacefully. Asheville Police say his family was extremely helpful during this incident. News 13 spoke to his niece who says several of his loved ones talked him into coming out.
Pickens is standing trial as a habitual felon. After today's standoff, he was taken to jail and his trial will resume Thursday. He could be facing more charges.