POLICE BEAT

Springvale man arrested after holding family hostage, police say

Posted Jan. 06, 2012, at 12:44 p.m.

SPRINGVALE, Maine — A Springvale man was arrested Thursday after police say he held his wife and three children hostage.

Richard Crocker, 36, was charged with domestic violence criminal threatening, according to Sanford-Springvale Police Chief Thomas Connolly Jr.

Connolly said in a news release that Crocker, who was armed with a pistol, had held his family hostage since Wednesday afternoon.

Connolly said Crocker unplugged the telephones inside the home and wouldn’t let his wife leave with the children. The children weren’t injured, but the wife told police she had some minor injuries.

The victim contacted police when Crocker went outside supposedly to commit suicide, and police responded quickly, Connolly said.

Police were able to negotiate with Crocker, who hid his weapon when he heard officers responding. He was arrested without incident and taken to Goodall Hospital in Sanford for evaluation.

Crocker was at the York County Jail on $25,000 cash bond Friday.

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