Suspect in custody after standoff at Kalamazoo apartment complex

Posted at 6:42 AM, May 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-19 07:39:02-04

KALAMAZOO, Mich. --A stabbing victim was in surgery and a suspect in custody Tuesday morning after a standoff at Canterbury House Apartments. The incident began around 4 a.m. when a man broke into an apartment and stabbed a man who was with a woman in the apartment, said Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Paul Matyas.

After the stabbing, the woman fled with two small children to another apartment, but the suspect broke into that apartment. The neighbor and the children escaped, but the suspect held the first woman hostage for about two hours.

"We had a crisis negotiation team come in," said Matyas. "They were able to talk to him. Eventually, he let her go and he surrendered."

The standoff apparently ended around 6:35 a.m.

The man who was stabbed was taken to the hospital and underwent surgery. "His condition is not very good," said Matyas.

The suspect and the woman he held were also injured and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

All of this was going on as children in the complex prepared to go to school, which presented challenges for police. "We have school buses that just went by, trying to pick up kids, so we have multiple things going on all at once while we're trying to negotiate with this individual."

The building housing the apartments involved was evacuated during the incident.

The public were never in danger, police assured earlier. "It all came out pretty successful," said Matyas after the arrest.