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Man arrested after 8-hour standoff with police in West Bloomfield hotel

By: Kayla Dimick | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published January 3, 2020

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A Kentucky man was in police custody following a holiday standoff inside a hotel room.

According to Deputy Chief Curt Lawson, of the West Bloomfield Police Department, a 911 call came in at 2:05 a.m. Jan. 1 from a person staying at a hotel in the 33000 block of Northwestern Highway who said they could hear a woman screaming from one of the rooms.

A short time later, Lawson said, police received another 911 call. This time, the caller said they saw a woman running naked toward the main lobby of the hotel.

When police arrived, they made contact with the woman, a 35-year-old from Kentucky, who said she and her husband, a 37-year-old man from Kentucky, were staying in the hotel during the holidays.

The woman said that she was assaulted by her husband, who was still up on the second floor of the hotel. She also said that her husband had been armed with a handgun earlier that day and had been drinking.

“In an abundance of caution, we sent more officers, made contact with him and asked him to come out,” Lawson said. “He was refusing to exit the room, so we (called) out (our) Crisis Response Team.”

Trained negotiators then arrived on the scene and had an on-again, off-again conversation with the man for about six hours, Lawson said.

Lawson said officers evacuated the second floor of the hotel, and guests were escorted to an adjoining hotel. Guests on the first and third floors were given the option to stay or also be escorted to the other hotel.

Around 10 a.m., the man finally agreed to leave his room and surrendered to police. He was taken into custody.

At press time, Lawson said police were seeking charges against the man, but the specific charges the man will face are currently unclear.

Lawson said the woman was treated at the scene before being transported to a hospital for minor injuries.

“We spend a great deal of time training our Crisis Response Team on situations like this that don’t come up that often in West Bloomfield,” Lawson said. “They performed flawlessly. They did an amazing job, and everyone left that incident safe. I give total credit to them and their abilities.”