Short hostage situation at Newton car dealership


NEWTON, Kan. (KSNW) – One man is in police custody after officers say he took one car dealership clerk hostage and assaulted another.

Sergeant Maurice Montano with the Newton Police Department says the incident started around 1 p.m Saturday.

Montano says the suspect entered a car dealership and assaulted a clerk. Officers say the man then stole a vehicle and fled the scene. Police later located that stolen vehicle at another local dealership.

Mantano says the suspect took a clerk to the back of the business and barricaded himself in a room with the clerk.

After talking to negotiators, the suspect opened the door far enough for officers to get inside. Once in that back room, police say they arrested the man after a brief “struggle” with officers.

Nobody was seriously hurt.

At this hour, police are not offering details on which car dealerships in Newton were the scene of the arrest.

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