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Standoff in Utica ends peacefully

Utica Police say a standoff that happened on Sunday night ended peacefully, but they have one man in custody.

Posted: Mar 17, 2019 10:33 PM

UTICA- Utica Police say a standoff that happened on Sunday night ended peacefully, and they have one man in custody.

At around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Utica Police were called to Deborah Drive for reports of a domestic dispute. While on their way there, they learned Demetrius Williams, 40, from Poughkeepsie, threatened a female and her children with a knife and possibly had an infant barricaded in the home with him.

Officers said they went up to the residence and Williams answered the door with a knife in his hand and told them he had a child in the home with him. He went back into the residence and a standoff ensued.

Multiple units arrived on scene as crews tried negotiating with Williams. Police said after intense negotiations, the child was released and appeared to be in good health.

Negotiations continued and Williams eventually agreed to surrender and was taken into custody.

Police said the argument started between Williams and the female, and it progressed, he grabbed a knife and began to swing it wildly at her and her children.

Williams is charged with:

Two counts of Menacing 2nd (M)
Two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child (M)
Reckless Endangerment 2nd (M)
Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd (F)
Criminal Mischief (M)
Unlawful Imprisonment (M)

He was taken to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation.

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