HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — An 82-year-old man was arrested after allegedly threatening two people and then holing up inside a law firm north of Holland for more than four hours Monday, deputies say.

“Our tactical units were able to use some less-than-lethal munitions and they were able to take him into custody,” Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Jacob Sparks said. “He’s unharmed.”

The suspect, whose name was not immediately released, was expected to be checked out medically and then jailed on charges of unlawful imprisonment and felonious assault.

The scene was at Property Law Solutions, which is sandwiched between several other businesses in a strip mall along E. Lakewood Boulevard west of Beeline Road in Holland Township. The sheriff’s office said deputies were sent there around 11 a.m. after a man carrying two knives threatened two workers.

Sparks said a 34-year-old woman was able to escape. The other worker, a 50-year-old man, was “held at knifepoint for a period of time until deputies arrived and were able to get him out of there.” No one was hurt.

Sparks said the suspect is familiar with the law firm.

“I don’t know the exact connection here or the motive that brought him here today,” Sparks said. “We’re looking into all those things as well as the subject’s mental health, obviously, and any sort of medical conditions.”

The attorney who was held at knifepoint, Bill Sikkel of Property Law Solutions, told News 8 the elderly visitor is a former attorney and family friend whom he had not seen in years. Sikkel said the man came to the law office Monday morning seeking help because he thought people were chasing him and planned to kill him.

When Sikkel tried to reassure the family friend that he was safe, Sikkel said the man became more agitated and thought Sikkel was out to get him too. That’s when the situation intensified, ultimately leading to the standoff. 

Sikkel said the elderly man did not come to the office intending to hurt anyone. He was seeking help but become aggressive when Sikkel tried to calm his fears. 

The sheriff’s office sent tactical units and negotiators to the scene. Deputies evacuated neighboring stores.

Sparks said crews were able to access the law firm through Waveland Property Management, a company that shares an address with Property Law Solutions.

The man was arrested just after 3:30 p.m.

The sheriff’s office said neighbors were “not in immediate danger” but asked them to avoid the area anyway while negotiations are underway.

*Correction: A previous version of this article included an incorrect first name for Sikkel. We regret the error, which has been fixed.

— Target 8 investigator Susan Samples contributed to this report.