Man in custody after 12-hour hostage situation in Wyoming

Kent County

WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — A man was taken into custody after holding a woman hostage in a Wyoming home for about 12 hours Tuesday.

The standoff started around 8:30 a.m. at a home on Abbie Street SE near Jefferson Avenue after a 51-year-old woman called police for help during a domestic dispute.

Officers say the man, 42, held a knife to his throat and held the woman, who lived in the home, against her will. Around 11:30 a.m., Wyoming Department of Public Safety Capt. James Maguffee Maguffee said the negotiations with the man were going well. The situation ended around 8:15 p.m. when the man surrendered peacefully.

“Turned into a long day, obviously,” Maguffee said.

The Grand Rapids Police Department assisted with the situation as the Wyoming Police Department’s Tactical Arrest Team was out of town for training.

Police said they remained in contact with the man inside the home throughout the day.

Earlier on Tuesday, police said they had no reason to believe guns were in play but proceeded with caution.

A photo of heavy police presence in the area of Jefferson Avenue SE and Abbie Street SE in Wyoming on Oct. 6, 2020.
Police on the scene of a hostage situation in Wyoming on Oct. 6, 2020.

Police say the woman held hostage is OK and is safe.

The suspect was treated for minor injuries then was taken to the Kent County Jail.

“I think the patience and cautious approach paid off. Our negotiators were in contact with him throughout the day and it ultimately worked out, just took a little time,” Maguffee said. And I’d really just like to thank our West Michigan law enforcement partners — Grand Rapids police helped us out a lot today as did the Kent County sheriff. As always we worked together seamlessly and it’s much appreciated.”

People were asked to avoid the area as police worked to resolve the situation, though authorities said there was no danger to the public.

Detectives plan to present a case to the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office on Wednesday.

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