Police identify, charge fugitive taken into custody near ODU

After a 12-hour standoff with US Marshals in Norfolk, a 20-year-old man is behind bars.

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Police have released the name of the fugitive who was taken into custody overnight after a 12-hour standoff near Old Dominion University.

Alpha Amine Kamara was charged with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

The standoff with U.S. Marshals came to a peaceful end overnight, with authorities taking Kamara into custody around 2 a.m.

Agents found the suspect hiding in the attic of a home, underneath insulation.

It all unfolded on West 43rd Street, just steps from ODU. 

ODU Student Andrew Nezelen lives across the street from where the barricade occurred. 

"It was great entertainment," said Nezelen. "We had popcorn going, we had it all, like it was priceless entertainment."

With the suspect's capture, neighbors are breathing a sigh of relief. One woman told us officers wouldn't allow her to go home or even to let her dog use the bathroom.

The standoff began early Monday afternoon. Although it wasn't on campus, it was certainly close enough. Students said they couldn't even get into their homes, which were blocked out since 2:30 in the afternoon.

ODU sent out alerts to notify faculty, students, and staff.

During the standoff, police took several people who were inside of the home in custody, including one person who tried to run away.

Kamara will be transferred to Alexandria and will have his preliminary hearing on Friday, Dec. 8. 

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