Bail was set at $50,000 Tuesday for a Spokane man suspected of several felonies in Walla Walla, including first-degree assault, first-degree kidnapping and possession of a dangerous weapon.
Chauncey F. Whitright IV, 37, was taken into custody around 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the 1800 block of Evergreen Street after a standoff with Walla Walla S.W.A.T. and Crisis Negotiation teams.
Police responded to the area at 10:44 a.m. after receiving a report that a man with a gun was holding a 2-year-old child hostage, according to a police report presented in Walla Walla County Superior Court.
When officers arrived, they learned the child was no longer inside the residence and Whitright was the sole occupant. The child’s mother had returned to the house and the child was retrieved from the residence without incident before police arrived.
“After several hours of negotiations, our negotiator was able to convince Whitright that he had more to gain by coming out of the residence than staying inside, and he complied,” police spokesman Officer Tim Bennett said this morning.
Whitright, who has an extensive criminal history and had been recently released from incarceration, had met the people at the home the night before through a mutual acquaintance. Whitright returned Saturday morning to look for a resident, who wasn’t there, the report said.
Whitright allegedly put a gun to the head of a man who was watching the child, demanding the person he was looking for be told to return. According to the report, the victim also told police he was in fear for his life during the ordeal, and thought Whitright would kill him if he didn’t comply with his demands, which included going to buy beer and food, and getting Whitright a ride to Spokane.
Whitright remains in the Walla Walla County Jail.
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