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Kidnapping suspect found hiding in boat at resort dock

Sun., Nov. 10, 2013, 2:43 p.m.

An armed kidnapping suspect who had evaded police for the past week was arrested just after noon today on a dock at the Coeur d’Alene Resort Marina, police said.

Doug Standish, who was taken into custody without incident, was wet and cold from having been in Lake Coeur d’Alene the previous night, Sgt. Christie Wood said.

Standish had been hiding in a boat when he got spooked by resort security guards on their nightly rounds, he told detectives. He jumped in water and swam around to the other side of the dock until the guards left, police said.

The owner of the boat told officers he came to the marina today to do some maintenance on the boat. When he got on and opened up the front galley, he saw Standish. The owner asked Standish to put down his gun and surrender, and Standish complied.

Coeur d’Alene Police detectives were on the dock today looking for Standish when the boat owner informed them, “He’s right here.” Standish walked out behind the owner and was taken into custody.

Detectives are interviewing Standish about his whereabouts all week. Preliminary information indicates he was at the Resort Aviation pilot lounge at the Coeur d’Alene Airport in Hayden on Saturday and using the computers there to send emails, Wood said. Standish is familiar with aircraft and airports and went undetected by other pilots while in the lounge, she said.

Standish has been charged with kidnapping for a Nov. 4 incident in which he took a former girlfriend by gunpoint and held her against her will. Several hours later he let her out of her car near a law office in Coeur d’Alene so she could drop off some paperwork. She escaped and called police.

Standish took off in her vehicle, which was later discovered in the 600 block of Hubbard Avenue.

Standish indicated to detectives he was upset over their breakup.

The North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force assisted in the search.


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