By Ron Ingram
Herald & Review
A standoff at the Macon Motel ended without incident about 9 p.m. Sunday when a 23-year-old Decatur man removed a barricade from his room's door and surrendered to sheriff's deputies.
The man was jailed under a $10,000 bond for investigation of violation of an order of protection with a prior conviction for domestic battery, unlawful restraint, criminal trespass to land, theft under $300 with a prior conviction and aggravated fleeing.
Sheriff's Lt. Thomas Schneider praised the efforts of Sgt. Jeff Busch who began negotiating with the man through a closed, large window in his motel room about 7:15 p.m. Sunday as the 23-year-old brandished a knife and repeatedly threatened to harm himself.
The sheriff's office Special Response Team and an officer of the Mount Zion Police Department assisted in securing a perimeter outside the motel, Schneider said. The nine-member Special Response Team was prepared to storm the room if the subject had tried to proceed with his threats to harm himself, he said.
The man first came to the attention of authorities on Friday evening when he led a Warrensburg police officer on a high speed chase, Schneider said. Authorities received a tip on Sunday that the man was at the Macon Motel and the standoff began when deputies arrived and tried to take him into custody, he said.
Sworn statements filed in circuit court by Decatur police officer Warren Hale outlined the suspect's alleged activities prior to his arrest on Sunday.
The man allegedly took $150 from a 20-year-old former girlfriend about 2:10 a.m. Wednesday after the woman refused to give him money when he visited her room at a Decatur motel, Hale said. The woman told officers the man had a drug problem and she did not want to feed his habit, he said.
She said she told him she needed the money to care for their 8-month-old daughter, but he grabbed the cash from a coat and ran out of the room before driving away in his pickup truck.
In the second statement, Hale said the suspect allegedly committed unlawful restraint between 6 p.m. Friday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday. He said the same 20-year-old former girlfriend told officers the man took control of her car on Friday evening and refused to let her out of the vehicle.
The woman said the man agreed she could drop off their daughter with a relative but threatened to harm her if she attempted to get out of the car, Hale said. The man then drove around the county for several hours. Hale said she alleged the man refused to let her out of his sight until Sunday afternoon, made her sleep in the car and when she had to use a gas station restroom he would stand outside the door blocking any attempt to escape.
She said the man finally freed her so she could see to their daughter, Hale said.
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Two-hour standoff at Ill. motel ends peacefully