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St. Marys man arrested with baby hostage

August 24. 2013 9:09AM
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ST. MARYS — An Auglaize County man was in jail Monday, accused of threatening his own life and possibly the life of a baby.

Jonathan E. Halbisen, 30, was held on charges of kidnapping, a second-degree felony, and child endangering and weapons while intoxicated, both first-degree misdemeanors.

Halbisen was arrested after an incident that began at 6:37 a.m. Sunday at a home on state Route 29 west of St. Marys, Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon said.

A woman called the sheriff’s department, reporting a friend was threatening to commit suicide. She said he had a shotgun and was holding a 15-month-old boy, Solomon said.

Auglaize County deputies and St. Marys Police officers were called to the home. The officers were able to talk to Halbisen while the Auglaize County Special Response Team was called to the scene, Solomon said.

Officers were able to talk Halbisen into surrendering after a 90-minute standoff, Solomon said. No one was injured in the incident he said, and officers recovered a shotgun.

There were two other children in the home, Solomon said. The woman removed them from the house before officers arrived.

Halbisen reportedly was intoxicated and taken to the Auglaize County jail. None of the children were Halbisen’s children, Solomon said. The case remains under investigation.

Jonathan E. Halbisen

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