A 35-year-old man who police say threatened to kill a woman and held multiple people hostage was arrested Saturday morning following a standoff with authorities.
Derek D. Foreman was arrested after more than a four-hour standoff with police at a duplex on the 700 block of Wright Street, Capt. Mike Cobb said. Witnesses said he showed up at the house with a gun and threatened to shoot a 39-year-old woman who was hiding in the house.
Foreman held five people, including two children, against their will as police and the Tri-Cities Regional SWAT Team surrounded the house, Cobb said. Foreman eventually released the people and no one was injured.
Foreman is a convicted felon who was wanted by Department of Corrections officials, Cobb said. He is not allowed to have a gun.
Police officers arrived around 11 p.m. Friday and tried to make contact with the people in the house, Cobb said. After nearly an hour with no responses, the woman Foreman allegedly threatened ran out the front door.
The woman told police the five people inside the duplex were being held hostage, Cobb said. Foreman apparently released the woman hoping police would leave.
Authorities started negotiating with Foreman, who let the people leave around 3:15 a.m., Cobb said. Foreman walked out of the house and was arrested.
Police did not find a gun during their search of the house, Cobb said. They will continue to search the area around the house.
Police are working to figure out what started the incident, Cobb said. Foreman referred to the woman he reportedly threatened as his “sister,” though police say they are not related.
Foreman is being held at the Benton County jail.