Man arrested after holding baby hostage in Greeley standoff

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GREELEY, Colo. — A man was taken into police custody Saturday evening after he held a baby hostage in a Greeley apartment.

According to the Greeley Tribune, 31-year-old Michael Mendez held an infant hostage and threatened to harm the child with a shard of broken glass at an apartment in the 1100 block of 26th Avenue in Greeley.

The newspaper reported that the standoff began around 9 p.m. Saturday, when police responded to a domestic violence incident.

Mendez attempted to escape the apartment by jumping out of a second-story window, according to Greeley police Lt. Adam Turk.

A failed escape attempt prompted Mendez to grab the baby and hold it hostage, said Turk.

For about a half hour, Mendez detained himself in the bedroom, while a negotiator talked to him, Turk said. After the negotiator persuaded Mendez to drop his weapon, police entered the bedroom and rescued the infant.

Turk said the infant was unharmed and returned to his mother.

He added that a Taser was used to take Mendez into custody.

The Greeley man was taken to North Colorado Medical Center to be treated for facial injuries from the glass, after which he was arrested on suspicion of first-degree burglary, several counts of child abuse, reckless endangerment and a restraining order violation, said Turk.

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