Callender standoff ends in arrest

Wanted suspect barricaded himself in a house Sunday

-Messenger photo by Bill Shea
An Iowa State Patrol car blocks Agnes Avenue in Callender near a house, in the background, where a man wanted on an arrest warrant for domestic assault holed up for about two and a half hours Sunday afternoon. He was eventually arrested after a State Patrol canine located him in a crawl space of the house.

CALLENDER — A man wanted on a domestic assault charge barricaded himself in a Callender house for two and a half hours Sunday afternoon before being taken into custody.

The situation brought a large number of law enforcement officers to the area of Agnes Avenue and James Street. No one was injured and the man surrendered without a struggle after being confronted by a police dog.

Sgt. Tony Walter of the Webster County Sheriff’s Office identified the man as Adam Larson, of Callender.

Walter said he was patrolling Callender shortly after 1 p.m. and spotted Larson walking. He knew that there was a warrant for Larson’s arrest on a charge of domestic assault.

“I hollered at him to stop and he ran into the house and barricaded himself,” Walter said.

The house Larson ran into is at 801 Agnes Ave. The house was surrounded by law enforcement officers, while other officers went inside to find Larson.

Walter said the officers did not initially find the wanted man, so an Iowa State Patrol canine was sent in. The dog located Larson in a crawl space of the house.

“At that point he reluctantly gave himself up without getting bitten by the dog,” Walter said.

Larson was arrested on the domestic assault warrant, and Walter said he believed he would also be charged with interference with official acts as a result of Sunday afternoon’s situation.

Larson was booked into the Webster County Jail and was expected to make a first appearance in Magistrate Court this morning.

Webster County sheriff’s deputies were assisted by Calhoun County sheriff’s deputies, Iowa State Patrol troopers, Rockwell City police, Iowa Department of Natural Resources conservation officers and state motor vehicle enforcement officers.


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