A 23-year-old Platteville man was arrested after a hostage situation in Platteville this afternoon.
Douglas Forbes Jr. was taken into custody by Platteville police after the incident at 175 N. Water St.
A second man was taken into custody after the incident, but was released later after police determined he wasn't involved in the incident.
Police received a report of a domestic violence incident at the address today around 9 a.m., in which the victim reported being kicked and strangled this morning and on two previous occasions. The victim told police that Forbes had the victim's 8-month-old son with him, and she was due to pick up the boy later today.
Police said in a news release there was "no indication at the time" that the boy was in immediate danger, but the victim called Forbes later to arrange for an earlier exchange time. Police said Forbes then threatened to harm himself and the boy if the victim didn't meet or contact him.
Police, Grant County sheriff's deputies and the Grant County Crisis Resolution Team secured the area around the house, and then made phone contact with a person in the house, but "didn't receive much cooperation," said Police Chief Doug McKinley.
At 2:45 p.m., police banged on the door, yelled "Sheriff's Department! Come out with your hands up!", then entered the house. McKinley said Forbes was "apparently hiding in some cabinets and did not come out until a very thorough search of the residence."
About 10 minutes later, Forbes, followed by the other man, were taken out of the house by police.
McKinley said the two men were not armed, but "based on information from people inside the house it was believed there were weapons in the residence."
Around 3:05 p.m., two young women, one holding a male child, left the house. They said nothing to reporters.
Charges are pending against Forbes, who faces unrelated charges in Lafayette County for receiving or concealing stolen property, felony possession with intent to sell marijuana, operating after revocation, and felony bail jumping. Arrest warrants were issued for Forbes Aug. 20 and Aug. 26, according to court records.
Platteville High School, Platteville Middle School and Neal Wilkins Early Learning Center were locked down around 1:30 p.m. until after 3 p.m. "as a contingency in case the suspect went mobile," said McKinley.
Platteville firefighters blocked off traffic around Furnace Street and Water Street. Southwest Health EMS was called, but there were no injuries at the scene.
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