Domestic Dispute Ends In Hostage-Taking
What started out as a domestic incident in Lewis County Thursday night turned into a hostage-taking situation.
State police and Lewis County sheriff's deputies were called to a Moose River Road home in the town of Lyonsdale, where 29 year old Joseph Kraeger was allegedly holding his wife hostage.
Undersheriff Jim Monnat said he and Sheriff Mike Carpinelli negotiated with the man through a screen from outside the residence.
Monnat said the man threatened to kill himself with a semiautomatic handgun. He and the sheriff asked Kraeger to give up the weapon and let them in.
Kraeger let them in and sat with the gun to his head while they talked, Monnat said.
Kraeger, a self-employed logger, eventually gave up the gun and let himself be taken into custody.
Police say there was an order of protection to stay away from his wife as the result of prior domestic incidents between the two.
Kraeger was charged with first degree burglary and committed to county jail on $50,000 cash bail.
Police say the incident lasted about two hours and ended shortly after midnight. There were three children at home at the time.
State police are in charge of the investigation, Monnat said.
Thursday, May 23, 2013, Watertown, NY
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