Police Arrest Man After Tuesday Morning Standoff

By KOLR10 News

Published 08/26 2014 10:00AM

Updated 08/26 2014 01:27PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- One man is in custody in Springfield after a standoff that lasted more than four hours Tuesday morning.

Springfield Police Lt. Todd Revell tells KOLR10 News police were called to the area of Douglas and Nichols about 5:30 am Tuesday, after someone in the neighborhood reported a man trying to steal a motorcycle.

Revell says when officers showed up, the suspect ran into a vacant house and refused to come out, prompting the police tactical unit and K-9 to be called.

Revell says a stolen pickup truck was also found at the scene.

Revell identifies the man as James Varnum**, who was arrested for a felony drug warrant.  Further charges may be filed today.

Varnum surrendered to police about 9:30, without incident.

(**corrects an earlier version identifying the man as Robert Vernum)

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