SOUTH AMHERST, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who authorities say held two firefighters hostage at gunpoint faces kidnapping and felonious assault charges.
Fifty-three-year-old Roy Griffith Jr. is also charged with inducing panic and having a weapon while intoxicated. He appeared Thursday in Oberlin Municipal Court and is being held on $500,000 bond.
Eight firefighters responded Wednesday evening to a report of a brush fire behind Griffith’s house in South Amherst, about 35 miles west of Cleveland. Authorities say Griffith became agitated and took two firefighters hostage with a rifle.
The situation ended peacefully about two hours later. A Lorain County deputy sheriff says Griffith insisted he wasn’t going to hurt anyone and asked for beer and prescription medication during the standoff.
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Court records don’t indicate whether Griffith has an attorney who can comment on the charges.