Around 11:00 am Wednesday morning, Tuscaloosa Police Department Officers and members of the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force attempted to serve arrest warrants to Bradford O’neal Simmons at The Balcony apartments in downtown Tuscaloosa.

Officers said when they arrived, Simmons barricaded himself inside an apartment and threatened to take his own life. Officers were told by a woman inside the complex that Simmons had a gun.

Simmons was just arrested in April of 2018 as part of a human trafficking bust at La Quinta Inn on McFarland Boulevard. He was then charged with promoting prostitution.

Nearly an hour and a half after the situation began, special reaction team officers and crisis negotiators were able to communicate with Simmons and get him to surrender. The situation ended peacefully. No one was harmed.

Police said there was no gun found in Simmons’ possession or inside the apartment. They did, however, find an amount of marijuana.

Simmons was taken into custody and placed in the Tuscaloosa County Jail on three new charges: marijuana trafficking, escape III and resisting arrest.

He remains in jail on no bond because he violated his previous bond for the prostitution charge.



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