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Montgomery County standoff ends in arrest

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, IND. — Police arrested a man following a standoff lasting more than ten hours.

Dispatchers received a 911 call from the suspect just after 1:20 a.m. Sunday.

Indiana State Police said John Blake Peterman, 37,  barricaded himself inside a storage unit on the south side of Crawfordsville, near Lagoda Road and County Road 150 South.

Peterman told police he was holding a hostage but did not want to hurt anyone.

The Montgomery County and Crafordsville SWAT Team was activated and established a perimeter around the storage unit.

A hostage negotiator was called in and Peterman told him he was armed with weapons and set explosive devices around the property.

Officers confirmed Peterman’s statements, seeing propane tanks with wires running from them places around the storage unit.

The Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad and SWAT Team as well as the Indiana State Police Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team.

Negotiations between Peterman and police continued through the early morning hours, and around 5:30 a.m. a female hostage was released.  Police determined a second female escaped the storage unit shortly before the 911 call was made.

The released hostage was treated at Franciscan St. Elizabeth Hospital in Crawfordsville.

Around 11:50 a.m. Peterman surrendered to police without incident.

Tippecanoe County’s Bomb Squad robot examined the propane tanks and determined they were safe.

Peterman faces initial charges of Criminal Recklessness and Criminal Confinement.

Peterman was rrested Sunday afternoon without incident.

14 comments

  • guestymcguest

    Jeezwhiz! Did he really have hostages and explosives? This story is about as informative as a cabbage.
    And "Peterman was rrested"…Rrested? Is he a Pirate?

    • big D

      For what its worth, just hours before this happened, he was arrested by a SWAT team for some of the crazy things he was putting out on Facebook. He was put in Wabash Hospital in Lafayette, where he stayed for a couple of days to be evaluated. He was released from there and put in Jail directly after. He then Bailed himself out and went and did this crazy stuff. Please understand that he has a mental illness. I grew up with this guy. He was always "normal". Just lately he started running into life's hard times and something sparked a Mental Illness. He is a man in need of prayer, not ridicule. God Bless you Blake and My thoughts and Prayers go out to you.
      Read more at http://fox59.com/2013/01/13/montgomery-county-sta

  • mama Shavonne

    Well well well. I just finished watching swat, what a co-weenky-dink. Good job everyone in ending this matter in a safe manner. :-)

    • big D

      For what its worth, just hours before this happened, he was arrested by a SWAT team for some of the crazy things he was putting out on Facebook. He was put in Wabash Hospital in Lafayette, where he stayed for a couple of days to be evaluated. He was released from there and put in Jail directly after. He then Bailed himself out and went and did this crazy stuff. Please understand that he has a mental illness. I grew up with this guy. He was always "normal". Just lately he started running into life's hard times and something sparked a Mental Illness. He is a man in need of prayer, not ridicule. God Bless you Blake and My thoughts and Prayers go out to you.
      Read more at http://fox59.com/2013/01/13/montgomery-county-sta

    • big D

      For what its worth, just hours before this happened, he was arrested by a SWAT team for some of the crazy things he was putting out on Facebook. He was put in Wabash Hospital in Lafayette, where he stayed for a couple of days to be evaluated. He was released from there and put in Jail directly after. He then Bailed himself out and went and did this crazy stuff. Please understand that he has a mental illness. I grew up with this guy. He was always "normal". Just lately he started running into life's hard times and something sparked a Mental Illness. He is a man in need of prayer, not ridicule. God Bless you Blake and My thoughts and Prayers go out to you.
      Read more at http://fox59.com/2013/01/13/montgomery-county-sta

  • ClanSmokeJaguar

    If it wasn't for the fact he was handcuffed and sitting in a squad car, this would be an excellent picture!

    • big D

      For what its worth, just hours before this happened, he was arrested by a SWAT team for some of the crazy things he was putting out on Facebook. He was put in Wabash Hospital in Lafayette, where he stayed for a couple of days to be evaluated. He was released from there and put in Jail directly after. He then Bailed himself out and went and did this crazy stuff. Please understand that he has a mental illness. I grew up with this guy. He was always "normal". Just lately he started running into life's hard times and something sparked a Mental Illness. He is a man in need of prayer, not ridicule. God Bless you Blake and My thoughts and Prayers go out to you.
      Read more at http://fox59.com/2013/01/13/montgomery-county-sta

    • BrandyWhine

      Not very informative, who were the hostages??? and why was he holding them??? Why was he homeless??? That's where the real story is!

      • big D

        I replied to your comment if your still interested. I grew up with Blake and went through High School with him. Your right. The real Story has not been told.

  • big D

    For what its worth, just hours before this happened, he was arrested by a SWAT team for some of the crazy things he was putting out on Facebook. He was put in Wabash Hospital in Lafayette, where he stayed for a couple of days to be evaluated. He was released from there and put in Jail directly after. He then Bailed himself out and went and did this crazy stuff. Please understand that he has a mental illness. I grew up with this guy. He was always "normal". Just lately he started running into life's hard times and something sparked a Mental Illness. He is a man in need of prayer, not ridicule. God Bless you Blake and My thoughts and Prayers go out to you.

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