Standoff with former Hall County school bus driver ends peacefully after SWAT arrives

Marvin Nathaniel Hogan (Hall County Sheriff's Office)

A standoff that lasted more than seven hours at a residence in Oakwood overnight ended peacefully with the arrest of the suspect.

On Sunday night, September 18, Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputies went to a home on Railroad Street to serve warrants for battery and third-degree cruelty to children.

The suspect named in the warrants, Marvin Nathaniel Hogan, 40, refused to exit the house and barricaded himself in the basement, says Hall County Sheriff’s Public Information Officer B.J. Williams.

“Hogan was armed with a handgun and told deputies he would kill himself if they entered the house,” Williams says. “The suspect told deputies he had other weapons in the residence.”

Around 3 a.m. Monday, after negotiations with Hogan appeared to be stalled, deputies called for SWAT assistance. As SWAT members arrived at the scene, negotiations began to progress and deputies were able to talk Hogan into exiting the residence.

“He turned himself in without authorities using any force,” Williams says.

The incident ended just before 6 a.m. Although Hogan was not injured, he was transported to the hospital for evaluation. He will be booked at the Hall County Jail upon his release.

In addition to the warrants for battery and child cruelty, Hogan was on pre-trial release for sexual battery on a child, child molestation, enticing a child for indecent purposes, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Former school bus driver

Hogan is a former Hall County School bus driver. He was removed from his job in February 2021 after allegations came to light that he had sexually abused a young girl that he knew. Detectives first learned of the abuse on February 16, 2021, when a school counselor reported it to a Sheriff’s Office SRO at Flowery Branch High School. 

Investigators arrested Hogan on August 6, 2021.

According to the sheriff’s office, Hogan knew the victim prior to the abuse, which started when she was a young teenager. Additionally, investigators determined that Hogan provided alcohol and marijuana to the victim on several occasions. Hogan’s wife, Amber, was also arrested. Deputies charged her with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Officials say Amber Hogan was aware of the alcohol and marijuana but made no effort to stop it, allegedly telling the victim to, “be careful,” in the use of the substances, according to initial details.

Nathaniel Hogan worked as a bus driver for the Hall County School System for a little over a year. The sheriff’s office says now, in addition to the earlier charges against him, he is expected to be charged in connection to the standoff.

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