By Jessica LeDuc
Blade staff writer
A potential hostage situation in Jamestown Tuesday resulted in the arrest of Steven Garman without incident.
Cloud County Sheriff Brian Marks said a female came to the Sheriff's Department at approximately 8:30 Tuesday morning reporting Garman had assaulted her and threatened to shoot her with a handgun.
"The victim also stated that Garman told her not to contact law enforcement, or he would shoot at them," Marks said.
After interviewing the victim, Marks said officers discovered Garman had a nine-year-old child in the house with him.
Search and arrest warrants were obtained. Given the threats Garman had made, Marks said he assembled the NCK STAR tactical team – made up of Concordia police officers and Cloud County sheriff's deputies – to serve the warrants.
"We took this as a possible hostage situation with the threats that were made toward law enforcement," Marks said. "We also decided to contact the Kansas Highway Patrol to bring in their negotiators in case we got to that point that we needed them."
Marks said sheriff's deputies had Garman's house, at 106 Thomas in Jamestown, under surveillance throughout the day. Early in the evening, officers went to the residence, Marks said, to make contact with Garman. Upon their arrival, they discovered that a friend of Garman's had talked him into coming out of the house peacefully.
Garman was then arrested and transported to the Cloud County Jail. He faces charges of Domestic Battery, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, two counts of Criminal Threat, and Stalking. The child was unharmed, and released to the mother.
Marks said the large number of law enforcement officers in Concordia Tuesday afternoon and evening were here as a precaution.
"Anytime we have a situation like this, we take it very seriously. We don't want anyone getting hurt," Marks said. "Hostage situations can turn deadly, and we wanted to be able to go in there with everything we possibly could to diffuse the situation."
Marks praised the Highway Patrol and Police Department for their cooperation during the potentially dangerous situation. He also said cooperation with the Raven Ridge Condos – the survival condo and resort south of Concordia – allowed the Sheriff's Department use of its tactical vehicles.
"It's so nice that we have the cooperation with other law enforcement agencies, because we're all enforcing the same laws," Marks said. "We took the situation very seriously and wanted to make sure we could take care of it as quickly and safely as possible."