VALDOSTA -- Late Friday, police captured a suspect wanted in a domestic violence case who was described as armed and dangerous, according to authorities.

Aggravated assault charges are pending against Antonio Conaway, 36, said Lt. Bernard Robinson of the Valdosta Police Department. Other charges may follow.

Conaway was captured behind Park Chase Apartments at 11:52 p.m. after a brief pursuit, said Brian Childress of the police department.

The search for Conaway began when a woman in the 100 block of Hudson Dockett reported to police that she had been pistol-whipped by a man known to her at 3:55 p.m. Thursday. The victim and a witness identified Conaway as the assailant, Robinson said.

Police were told they could find Conaway at 114 Hudson Dockett. When officers arrived Thursday, a person at the scene told them Conaway was upstairs. Because Conaway has a violent past, officers called for backup, Robinson said.

Initially, Conaway wouldn't respond to attempts at contact, Robinson said. A hostage negotiator and members of his family talked to him by cell phone during the night and into Friday morning.

Then, about 4 a.m. Friday, the decision was made to send officers into the apartment where Conaway was believed to be. "He was no longer at the residence," Robinson said. "He might have left earlier in the day when officers first stepped back and called for backup."

For safety reasons, police had asked residents at Hudson Dockett to evacuate while they worked toward taking Conaway into custody. "We appreciate the cooperation of the residents there," Robinson said. "They had to leave their homes, and they cooperated and didn't complain as our officers worked."

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