Hostage Situation Ends Peacefully, Suspect in Custody and Child Rescued


January 12, 2017

A hostage situation ended peacefully Thursday night after Oak Ridge Police negotiators and tactical personnel were able to rescue a child and take an armed suspect into custody.

The initial call came into the Oak Ridge Police Department as a family disturbance at 6:20 p.m. at 101 Norton Road. Multiple patrol units responded and upon arrival made contact with a witness, who advised she was involved in a disturbance with a male, later identified as 36-year-old Robert Foreman of Oak Ridge. Officers then went to the home on Norton Road and made contact with Mr. Foreman, who initially barricaded himself in the residence with a nine-year old female. Mr. Foreman then armed himself with a rifle and threatened the officers, refusing to come out of the home.

Responding officers immediately established a perimeter around the residence and restricted access to New York Avenue between Utah Avenue and Outer Drive. Tactical personnel responded and established communication with the suspect. Crisis negotiators talked with Mr. Foreman for a little over an hour before he surrendered peacefully at 8 p.m. He was taken into custody and the child was found unharmed inside the residence.

Oak Ridge Chief of Police Jim Akagi stated he was extremely proud of the men and women who worked so diligently to resolve this dangerous situation peacefully and rescue the nine-year old hostage without incident. “Our training and practice prepared us for success tonight,” Chief Akagi said. “This is what we do, and the courage and professionalism displayed by our officers this evening is a perfect example of what they stand for and how they serve this community every day.”

The Oak Ridge Department issued multiple Nixle alerts advising residents to stay indoors and motorists to avoid the affected streets. The Oak Ridge Police Department was also very grateful for the mutual aid from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, the Oak Ridge Fire Department and Anderson County EMS, who also responded to assist.

Oak Ridge Police are still investigating the incident involving Mr. Foreman, who was transported to the Anderson County Detention Facility following his arrest for aggravated assault. No injuries were reported during this incident. No further information will be released at this time.