Westport man arrested after eight-hour standoff

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Indiana State Police arrested Jonathan Snyder, 34, North Vernon at this home after an eight-hour standoff on Thursday. Photo provided

JENNINGS COUNTY — Indiana State Police arrested a Westport man after an eight-hour standoff with police.

Jonathan Snyder, 34, is being held at the Jennings County Jail without bond, jail officials said.

Jonathan Snyder
Jonathan Snyder

The incident began at 10 a.m. Thursday when members of the Indiana State Police All Crimes Policing Team went to 2710 Coventry Gardens in North Vernon to serve an arrest warrant on Snyder, said Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, state police spokesman.

Snyder was wanted on warrants for felony domestic battery out of Jennings and Bartholomew counties, Wheeles said. He was also wanted on a parole violation warrant.

When they arrived, troopers determined Snyder was inside but he refused to come out, Wheeles said. Troopers then obtained a search warrant and upon attempting to enter the residence, found that Snyder had barricaded all the doors from the inside, Wheeles said.

The state police south zone SWAT team was then notified and numerous attempts were made to get Snyder to willingly exit the home, Wheeles said.

At about 6 p.m. Thursday, troopers entered the residence and found Snyder hiding in an attic above a bedroom, where he was arrested, Wheeles said.

In addition to the arrest warrants, Snyder was also charged with resisting law enforcement, Wheeles said.

The Jennings County Sheriff’s Department assisted state police at the scene.

For more on this story, see Saturday’s Republic.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.