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Deputies arrest man hiding in attic with children

Marvin Wayne Bailey

Marvin Wayne Bailey

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Philathea L. Knowles

DULUTH -- Gwinnett Sheriff's Office deputies arrested a Stone Mountain man this week after he allegedly hid in an attic with two children to avoid officers and a K-9 unit.

The arrest was made on Monday after deputies visited Marvin Wayne Bailey at a Duluth apartment at 3925 Satelitte Blvd. where he was known to frequent, Deputy Shannon Volkodav said. Bailey was wanted on outstanding warrants for criminal trespass and third degree cruelty to children following a domestic violence incident in late May.

When deputies arrived, they heard children crying inside the apartment.

"When the deputies knocked on the door and announced their presence, the crying stopped, and no one answered the door," Volkodav said.

While a deputy got a key to the apartment from the leasing office, Philathea Knowles told police officers that she lives in the apartment and no one was inside. Knowles also said children weren't inside, and she didn't have a key to her apartment.

So with the key from the leasing office, deputies went inside and didn't see anyone, but found a chair below an open attic entrance. Deputies found Bailey in the attic with a 6-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl. Also in the apartment, deputies found a 1-year-old boy hidden under a blanket.

The children were released to a family member at the scene while Bailey and Knowles were booked in the Gwinnett jail. Bailey was booked on three counts of reckless conduct, criminal trespass, battery and third degree cruelty to children. He was held without bond on a separate charge from the Stone Mountain Police Department. Knowles was charged with obstruction of a law enforcement officer. Gwinnett jail records show she was still in custody on Wednesday afternoon.