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Man arrested for child molestation

ALBANY, Ga. -- A man wanted on child molestation charges threatened suicide but later surrendered to Dougherty County Police Department officers Monday.

Wanted for molesting a 13-year-old girl on Aug. 17 in Dougherty County, Thomas Ray Stone Jr., 32, holed up in a vacant house on Solomon Court in the sand dunes off Oglethorpe Boulevard.

"When he was located, a brief standstill ensued," police Capt. Jimmy Sexton said. "Stone was located in an upstairs bathroom, where he was holding a knife to his throat threatening to kill himself."

Officers at the scene negotiated with Stone convincing him to surrender without any violence. No one was injured during the ordeal.

"This man is an extremely dangerous man," police Chief Don Cheek said. "He is dangerous to children and to anyone he comes near in this situation."

Stone was released from prison after serving 15 years for aggravated child molestation in 1994 in Dougherty County, police reports stated.

Other charges are pending for Stone because as a sex offender he failed to register with Lee County when he moved there, Cheek said. There are also charges pending for violation of probation, he added.

Finding Stone was a multi-agency operation, Sexton said. County police officers, Albany Police Department officers, Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents and U.S. Marshalls all took part in the search and arrest.