Palmyra man arrested following standoff

Palmyra man arrested following standoff

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An early-morning call regarding a stolen vehicle ultimately resulted in a three-hour standoff in Palmyra on Thursday, June 15.

According to Macoupin County Sheriff Shawn Kahl, his office received a 911 call at approximately 4:54 a.m. from the 400 block of North Pearl Street in Palmyra regarding a stolen vehicle. Upon deputies’ arrival at the residence, it was discovered that Theodore Holmes, 46, of the 400 block of North Pearl Street, Palmyra, had stolen his girlfriend’s car and that a domestic battery had occurred; a deputy was able to get a signed complaint for domestic battery.

While deputies were trying to locate Holmes, the sheriff’s office received another 911 call at approximately 8:54 a.m. from the complainant, stating that Holmes was back at the residence. By that time, Palmyra Police Department had come on duty and responded to the residence. A Palmyra officer went to the door to get Holmes out of the house, but Holmes slammed the door shut and advised the door would have to be broken down before he would come out. It was determined that the complainant was still inside the residence, as well.

The sheriff’s department, Palmyra Police and Illinois State Police set up a perimeter. The Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System SWAT team was notified, and a short time later the female complainant was released from the residence. Following a three-hour standoff, the SWAT team was able to take Holmes into custody. The stolen vehicle was recovered in Hettick a short time later, and nothing was located in the residence.

As of press time, Holmes had been charged with domestic battery, a Class A misdemeanor. Additional charges may be pending. Holmes is being held at the Macoupin County Jail on $50,000 bond.