Archive for Tuesday, July 11, 2000

Father sees charges in standoff

July 11, 2000


A Lawrence man is accused of keeping his infant son with him in a house where he kept authorities at bay during a weekend standoff.

Michael C. Pringle, 24, was charged Monday in Douglas County District Court with domestic battery and child endangerment for the incident that started Saturday night and ended early Sunday.

Lawrence Police Det. M.T. Brown said police were called at 9:30 p.m. Saturday to Pringle's home in the 1600 block of Northwood Drive for a report of gunshots.

No one was injured, Brown said, but Pringle's 24-year-old wife told officers she had been locked out of the couple's home -- while Pringle, armed with a handgun, had their 4-month-old boy inside.

Brown said the woman told officers Pringle had been drinking. She had tried to leave earlier when they argued, she said, but he slashed her tires.

When the woman tried to leave anyway, Brown said, Pringle knocked her down with the child in her arms. She told authorities Pringle grabbed the boy and took him into the home. When the woman tried to get the boy back, Pringle confronted her with a handgun.

"She was afraid for herself and the child, so she did leave the child," Brown said.

With Pringle and the infant in the house, 20 officers surrounded the home and evacuated neighbors. Pringle wouldn't answer the phone, Brown said, so officers spoke to him by using loudspeakers. Pringle turned over the child and surrendered at 3:08 a.m. Sunday.

Pringle made his first court appearance on the charges Monday afternoon. His wife asked that Pringle be allowed to return home, saying he had never hurt her. Bond conditions usually require a defendant to avoid the crime victim.

District Judge Michael Malone granted the woman's request. The next hearing in the case is 1:30 p.m. July 17.

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