Police surround van on Dean Avenue

August 11,2017--2:38 a.m.

Staff reports

Police thought they were responding to a possible robbery and hostage situation Thursday afternoon, but it turned out to be a big misunderstanding.

911 received a call about a man withdrawing money from his account at the credit union on Dean Avenue for two men in a van, who were holding his girlfriend.

Police responded and surrounded the van about a block away with guns drawn.
Five people were detained and taken in for questioning.

When all was cleared up, it was determined there was no robbery or hostage.

The only arrest was 43-year old Matthew Thomas Booz of Plainville, the man who went in to withdraw the money.

He was booked at the Floyd County Jail on a felony probation violation.

Previously posted:

We've had calls about Rome Police, with weapons drawn, surrounding a van on Dean Avenue.

911 received a call about a man claiming that two people in a van had taken him and his girlfriend from North Rome to the credit union and were trying to get him to withdraw money.

The occupants of the van have been detained but it is not known they are under arrest, as police continue their investigation into what happened.

(Photo by Michelle Forsyth)