A domestic violence case escalated into a hostage situation in Des Moines on Sunday. Police say the daughter of a man called 9-1-1 to say her father was holding her mother against her will in their home. Before police arrived, 45-year-old James Taylor also called 9-1-1 to tell officers he was armed and had dumped gasoline inside the house.
Taylor’s wife and daughter were both able to get out with no reported injuries. After four hours, police convinced Taylor to surrender. He was taken to a hospital for a mental evaluation and police say he’ll likely face a charge of domestic assault with a weapon.