ANDERSON — A suspect in a hostage situation Saturday afternoon is in police custody, Madison County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Joey Cole said.
Michael R. Shewman, Yorktown, was arrested and charged after attempting hold a woman and child hostage at their house in the 4000 block of South 100 East during an incident which began Saturday around 11 a.m. and lasted more than three hours.
Shewman has been preliminarily charged with Level 2 felony burglary, Level 5 felony theft, Level 6 felony pointing a firemarm, Level 3 felony criminal confinement, Level 3 felony kidnapping, Level 3 felony armed robbery, Level 4 felony unlawful possession of a firearm and Level 5 felony intimidation, according to the police report.
Cole said the woman and her son pulled into their driveway, where Shewman approached them, pointing a handgun. The woman told her son to run and tell someone what was happening, and he ran to a neighbor's home.
Sheriff's deputies, a SWAT team, two K-9 units, a drone, Adams-Markleville Township Fire Department, Indiana State Police and FBI agents were called to the scene. Madison County Emergency Management closed 100 East to create a perimeter, and the road was closed for more than two hours.
During the standoff, the victim was held at gunpoint and threatened several times. After a few hours, she escaped from the house and ran to a nearby outbuilding, where she was found by the SWAT team, according to a report filed by the Madison County Sheriff's Department.
Shortly after the woman was evacuated from the property, Shewman came out of the house and surrendered to police.
Shewman told police he entered the house through an unlocked door, and that he didn't know the owners of the property.
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