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UPDATE: Fugitive crawls in attic of Marietta apartment; SWAT on scene – Atlanta Journal Constitution

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SWAT has been called to a Marietta apartment complex to help apprehend a fugitive hiding in an attic, police said.

Authorities have secured the area around The Park on Windy Hill apartments on Windy Hill Road after tracking an aggravated battery suspect there. Atlanta and Marietta police have been on scene since just before 5:30 a.m., according to the Marietta agency.

Officers entered the 2300 building and discovered the suspect, 27-year-old Maliek Dandridge, had crawled into an attic space above an apartment, police said. Evidence of firearms was located in the apartment, but police do not know if the man has weapons with him in the attic.

“At some point Dandridge broke through the ceiling into another apartment unit and then broke through interior walls attempting to exit the building through a different apartment,” police spokesman Officer Chuck McPhilamy said in a statement.

SWAT was called in and made their way inside the 2300 building around 7:45 a.m. Officers are actively working to apprehend Dandridge, McPhilamy said. 

Marietta residents are asked to avoid the area if possible.

An Atlanta Journal-Constitution photographer is on the way to the scene to learn more. 

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