Man in custody after standoff in Holland

Holland standoff

HOLLAND, MICH. - A heavy police presence flooded a neighborhood for much of the day and into the evening on Sunday, Aug. 6.

Neighbors in the West 22nd Street and Central Avenue area tell WZZM 13 it looked like a scene out of a movie, with Holland police cars and even a tactical team on scene for a bit. Neighbors say police were outside that home for hours yelling for the person to come out.

"Well at one point in time they had a Hummer out and a SWAT team member with the bull horn yelling come out peacefully with your hands up and nothing was happening and they sent people in," Elaine Page, who witnessed the incident, said.

"It's kind of scary because you watch the national news and nothing like this happens in our little town. You always think the worse, so I'm really thankful the Holland Police Department did such a great job keeping everyone safe,"  she added.

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Monday afternoon, police told WZZM 13, a 22-year-old man was taken into custody.

The ordeal began around 11:30 a.m. when an officer was flagged down and told about a felonious assault that happened in the area of 16th Street and Central Avenue. Two victims told the officer a man pointed a gun at them and gave a description of his vehicle.

The officer tried to stop the car, but the suspect drove off, eventually stopping and running into a nearby house. He ended up staying there for several hours.

Around 8:30 p.m., officers were able to remove him from the attic. He was taken to Holland Community Hospital to be checked out before being lodged at the Ottawa County Jail.

He faces several charges including assault, fleeing and eluding and operating while intoxicated. Police say he also had several warrants out for his arrest.

The incident remains under investigation.

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April Stevens is a multi-platform producer at WZZM 13. Have a news tip? Email news@wzzm13.com, visit our Facebook page or Twitter.

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