January 11, 1998 in City

Police Arrest Man Following Standoff

From Staff And Wire Reports
 

A man was arrested early Saturday after a standoff in which he pointed guns at police, set his house on fire and tried to flee.

Anthony J. Hajek, 30, was jailed on $75,000 bail for investigation of two counts of second-degree assault and one of first-degree arson, Cowlitz County sheriff’s deputies said.

No shots were fired, and no one was harmed, authorities said.

Police, sheriff’s deputies and firefighters said the man refused to surrender or talk to negotiators, smashed every window in the house, brandished at least three guns, threatened to start shooting and began setting fires, possibly with a propane camp stove he was seen carrying.

Finally, Hajek burst from the front door and made a run for a van parked in the driveway, where he was subdued. He told deputies he wanted to burn down the house and die in the fire but fled when the smoke and flames became too intense.


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