Wanted Fugitive Taken Into Custody After Tense Standoff; Ajayi Had Been Sought For Rape

  • Monday, May 20, 2024
A man who was the subject of a manhunt and tense standoff on Monday was being sought for rape.

An affidavit says Ayodeji Olamide Ajayi, 35, was accused in the May 12 rape in Chattanooga of a woman he is married to. The woman said he only married her so he could get his green card, and she said they had never lived together. She said she was in the process of getting a divorce. She said he lives in Cleveland.

The woman said she was at home feeling ill when she heard a loud knock on her door around 3 a.m.
She said Ajayi forced his way inside her house and raped her repeatedly despite her pleas for him to stop.

Hamilton County Sheriff Office Criminal Warrants detectives, in a collaborative effort with Bradley County Sheriff’s Office investigators, were able to locate the suspect at an address in Bradley County.

Ajayi refused to surrender to law enforcement. HCSO detectives made contact with him via phone and advised him to surrender.

The suspect made statements that he would not surrender, that he had a gun and that he was going to act in a way that would force law enforcement to kill him.

A tense and lengthy standoff ensued, however, HCSO detectives were able to maintain contact with Ajayi and persuaded him to peacefully surrender. Ajayi was found to be in possession of a toy BB pistol that closely resembled a real firearm.

He was then taken into custody and transported to the Hamilton County Jail without further incident.
Ajayi had several active felony warrants and is being charged with: four counts of aggravated rape; one count of rape; aggravated burglary; sexual battery; aggravated kidnapping; and domestic assault.

"The HCSO would also like to thank the Bradley County Sheriff's Office for their assistance in the safe resolution of this incident," officials said.
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