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Man Surrenders After Ramming Church With Car, Holding Police at Bay

November 12, 1989

CINCINNATI (AP) _ A man who rammed his car into the front door of a Roman Catholic church and claimed to hold a hostage in the choir loft Saturday surrendered after talking with police for more than three hours.

Police led Timothy Hunt, 34, from All Saints Church around 11:30 a.m. after he surrendered peacefully. Authorities say Hunt, who was wanted for attempted murder in an assault on his brother, drove his car into the church’s plate- glass entrance at 7:45 a.m., about a half-hour before a scheduled Mass.

Hamilton County Sheriff Simon Leis said Hunt was armed with two handguns, but never had a hostage.

Police negotiators in the church sanctuary communicated with Hunt by shouting to him in the choir loft, where he remained low and out of sight, authorities said. No shots were fired during the standoff.

Leis said Hunt is wanted in the assault earlier in the week on his brother in Reading. Family members were called to the church to help in negotiations. Hunt was taken to Hamilton County Criminal Justice Center and held on charges of aggravated menacing, vandalism and enducing a panic, sheriff’s officer Michael Swartwout said.

Hunt also may be ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation, Leis said. Hunt had been receiving counseling at the church, he said.

Reading Police Chief Robert Huelsman said Hunt was accused of shooting at his brother Wednesday evening. The brother was not injured.

″He wanted a public apology for some things that had happened to him in his family,″ Sharonville Police Chief Greg Lewton, who supervised the negotiations, said of Hunt. ″He had some domestic problems ... and I think it hurt him mentally.″

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