Police: Standoff situation ends in arrest

Police: John Peterman held female hostage

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. - A man was arrested early Sunday morning after he called Montgomery County authorities to tell them he was holding a hostage, police said.

Police said Montgomery County Central Communications Center received a call from a suspect on Ladoga Road just before 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

The Crawfordsville Police Department started initial communication with John Blake Peterman, 37, who appeared to be homeless, a media release said.

Police said Peterman advised he was holding a hostage but did not want to hurt anyone.

A perimeter was established at the location which turned out to be storage units.

A hostage negotiator spoke with Peterman who said he was armed and had explosives around the property, a media release said.

Officers confirmed that propane tanks with wires had been placed around the storage unit.

The Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad was called and responded with the Tippecanoe County SWAT Team.

Negotiations continued and the female hostage was released at 5:30 a.m, according to a media release.

Police said a second female hostage was initially held but escaped before the initial phone call was made.

The two females were taken to Franciscan St. Elizabeth Hospital where they were treated and questioned by Montgomery County detectives.

Negotiations continued with Peterman until he surrendered to authorities without incident before noon Sunday.

He is being held at the Montgomery County Jail on charges of Criminal Recklessness with a Weapon, a Class C felony, and two counts of Criminal Confinement, a Class B felony.

Further charges are pending with the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

The Tippecanoe County robot was sent in to check for explosive devices in the storage unit but none were found and the unit was secured.

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