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Stanford man charged in hostage incident

August 17, 2003

STANFORD - A Stanford man is being held in Lincoln County Regional Jail on $50,000 cash bond after allegedly holding his wife and at least one other person hostage Friday afternoon.

Johnny W. Crowe is being held in the Lincoln County Jail on five counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, five counts of first-degree unlawful imprisonment and one count of fourth-degree assault.

Lincoln County 911 dispatchers received a call at 12:22 p.m. from a woman who said an unidentified person came onto her property and took her husband by gunpoint. A second call was received at 12:32 p.m. advising dispatchers of a possible hostage situation on Carters School Road. Kentucky State Police responded, and Sheriff Shelby Lakes and several deputies were also on the scene.

According to police reports, Crowe was arguing with his wife, became angered and brandished a shotgun. When his wife tried to escape to a neighbor's house, Crowe allegedly followed her. He allegedly held everyone in the residence at gunpoint until police arrived, at which point he ran into the woods to evade police.

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"We looked for him for about an hour in the woods, and then he came out and gave up," said Lakes. Lakes said he did not believe any shots had been fired during the ordeal, nor were any K-9 units used during the search.

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