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Man Emulates Brother’s Standoff

December 31, 1997

McKINNEY, Texas (AP) _ A 38-year-old man angered because another man was at his estranged wife’s home held her and two children hostage today, two weeks after his brother was in a similar standoff.

James Riccardo Lipscomb, 38, began the siege Monday night after he found another man in the apartment of his common-law wife and threatened her with a knife.

Lipscomb let his 9-year-old son, James II, leave that night, but refused to release Denise Roach, 12-year-old Sherissa Lipscomb and 7-year-old Jama Lipscomb.

The standoff dragged into a second day at a small public-housing complex. Assistant Police Chief Ray Simmons reported progress in negotiations Tuesday night but no sign of an imminent surrender.

Lipscomb has made no demands. Simmons said authorities will wait as long as necessary for the situation to end peacefully.

The suspect has a lengthy history of domestic violence involving Ms. Roach, according to court records. Among several convictions was a February 1996 guilty plea to felony assault. Lipscomb confessed to hitting Ms. Roach with his hand and a large screwdriver. He received five years’ probation.

The suspect is the brother of a man who surrendered after taking 80 children hostage at a day-care center in nearby Plano on Dec. 17. Police say James Monroe Lipscomb Jr., 33, quickly released most of the children and five adults before surrendering the following day.

He remains jailed on kidnapping charges. Police said the standoffs were not related.

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