Officers Respond To Hostage Situation


Diffusing a Star Valley hostage situation required both county and town officers Monday morning.

The sheriff's office received a 911 call shortly after 3 a.m. Monday. Robert Squillante, 41, told the dispatcher he had a male subject hostage at knifepoint, according to a release from the department.

The dispatcher advised Squillante to put down the knife before he came out to speak to the officers, Undersheriff Thomas Melcher said.

Both Deputy Ben Moss and PPD Officer David Vaughn responded to the Star Valley trailer park from which Squillante called.

As advised by the dispatcher, the man and his hostage came out, unarmed.

The hostage was released, without injury.

It was discovered there was an outstanding felony warrant out of Yavapai County for Squillante.

Moss attempted to arrest him, but he ran and barricaded himself in his trailer, threatening suicide by knifepoint.

Several more officers from the PPD, along with its Special Response Team, were dispatched to the scene.

After an hour of negotiations, the suspect surrendered and was booked into the Gila County jail on one count of kidnapping, one count of aggravated assault and the warrant out of Yavapai County.

Squillante had his initial appearance Monday, and is still in custody, Melcher said.

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