Jacob Howard

Jacob Howard

FULTON COUNTY — A Fulton County man was arrested for intimidation and resisting law enforcement after threats turned into a hostage situation Thursday afternoon.

Officers responded to a call at approximately 12:25 p.m. in Aubbeenaubbee Township, northwest of Rochester, after Jacob Howard, 32, of rural Rochester, had allegedly made unprovoked threats to cause harm to his neighbors.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found Howard had barricaded himself in the residence with his 14-year-old daughter.

Indiana State Police hostage negotiators tried to get Howard to release his daughter and exit the home, but Howard indicated he was not going to comply with the negotiators.

At approximately 2:35 p.m., officers from the Indiana State Police SWAT entered the residence.

Howard was wearing a homemade bullet resistant vest when officers took him into custody.

Howard was incarcerated at the Fulton County Jail and faces criminal charges for intimidation, resisting law enforcement and unlawful use of body armor.

The teen was released into the care of her grandmother.

During a subsequent search of Howard’s residence, officers found a shotgun and ammunition.

Officers from the Indiana State Police, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Dept., the Kewanna Police Dept. and the Rochester Police Dept. assisted on the call.

Reach Tyra Bahney at tyra.bahney@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5150.

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