Fairbanks man charged in police standoff

Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Police have charged a Fairbanks man for allegedly holding three people hostage for more than an hour in an apartment.

Leonard Collins, 28, was charged with three counts of kidnapping, one count of terrorist threatening and two counts of fourth-degree domestic assault.

According to police, Co llins went to his home sometime after 5 a.m. Saturday after a night of drinking and found the door locked. He began yelling and woke his neighbors and wife.

She let him in but the two began to argue, said Sgt. Doug Whorton.

Collins' wife tried to call police from the apartment, but Collins took the telephone from her, a police report said. She left the apartment, leaving two young children and her mother with Collins. The wife went to her neighbors, who had already called the police, Whorton said.

When the police arrived, Collins refused to let them in.

''He said he was armed and he would kill anyone that tried to enter the room,'' Whorton said.

Collins eventually surrendered to police. A gun was found in the apartment but it was inoperable, police said.

No one was hurt.



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