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Wanted man allegedly hides beneath mobile home, igniting standoff with Sullivan Co. deputies

Rain Smith • Apr 8, 2013 at 4:43 PM

BRISTOL — A wanted man ignited a standoff with the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office late Sunday night after allegedly jumping through a "trap door" to hide from bondsmen, then refusing to come out from underneath his mobile home for responding officers.

Police set up a perimeter around the residence, with reports of the suspect possibly being armed forcing the temporary evacuation of neighboring homes. After about an hour a thermal imaging camera allegedly located the hiding sport John Ratcliff Jr., 24, with him giving himself up just before a K9 was released.

The incident occurred at 679 Deck Valley Road, lot 14, in Bristol, Tenn. A SCSO arrest report says bondsmen were attempting to locate Ratcliff when he "went through a trap door" in the floor of the trailer and refused to come out.

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