June 30, 2016

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Standoff in Medina Twp. resolved peacefully after four hours

MEDINA TWP. — A four-hour standoff with police ended peacefully Monday afternoon when an armed man who threatened to kill himself surrendered.

Gary Grimes Jr., 39, of Brunswick, faces charges of abduction, a third-degree felony.

Medina Township Police Chief David Arbogast said Grimes, who was armed with a 9mm handgun, arrived at his ex-girlfriend’s home on Foskett Road about 4 a.m. The woman, along with her 12-year-old daughter, escaped the house about 8:40 a.m. and called police.

After officers arrived, Grimes threatened to kill himself and the Medina County SWAT team was called.

Arbogast said Grimes surrendered shortly after 1 p.m. and was taken to Medina Hospital for a mental evaluation.

Arbogast said the standoff was “the third or fourth standoff in a few years.”

“Everybody acted very professionally,” he said. “When no one gets hurt, then that’s a good day.”

Contact reporter Andrew Davis at (330) 721-4050 or adavis@medina-gazette.com.

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Andrew Davis covered Medina city government for The Gazette from January 2014 to May 2015. Contact The Gazette's news department at (330) 721-4065 or areanews@medina-gazette.com.