Yonkers Man Arrested in Hostage Situation

A parole violation quickly escalates into a hostage situation.

A nearly 12-hour standoff in Yonkers ended peacefully this morning after 41 year-old Lester Kidd surrendered himself into police custody.

The situation began when probation officers arrived at the 191 Park Ave. apartment complex to question Kidd’s ex-girlfriend– she had an order of protection against him, and officers wanted to make sure Kidd had not violated his parole. When officers arrived, they saw Kidd inside through a window of her apartment.

Parole officers knocked on the door, but because Kidd had barricaded himself in and refused to let his ex-girlfriend leave, the violation of parole quickly escalated into a hostage situation.

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Yonkers police brought in a SWAT team and hostage negotiators to get the pair out safely, and around 5 am this morning, police forced their way inside the apartment letting the 42 year-old woman run out while they arrested Kidd.

No one was injured throughout the duration of the situation, and Kidd was not holding any weapons.

According to The Journal News, Kidd has been charged with a felony count of first-degree criminal contempt for allegedly violating a court order or protection and second-degree unlawful imprisonment, a misdemeanor. 

“The situation has been resolved and the suspect has been placed under arrest,” stated the Detective’s Division of the Yonkers Police Department.

Top photo by Jim Henderson under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication

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