Police release name of man arrested after standoff in downtown Columbia


Columbia police on Wednesday released the name of the man they arrested after a standoff the previous night in downtown Columbia.

Officers arrested Christopher J. Crane, 32, of Columbia after a standoff of about three hours in the 600 block of Lyon Street near Douglass Park. Crane was jailed on suspicion of domestic assault, kidnapping, breach of a protective order and felony resisting arrest, the Columbia Police Department said in a news release.

“Douglas Park can be a really nice place sometimes, and then as soon as the sun goes down you know what’s going on…sometimes you know it’s getting a little out of hand,” said Columbia resident Thomas Wolfe, Tuesday evening.

Prosecutors charged Crane with second- and third-degree kidnapping, fourth-degree assault, two counts of breaching a protective order, and resisting arrest.

Crane remained in the Boone County Jail Tuesday morning. He also had no-appearance warrants for traffic violations and a parole violation, according to prison and court records. He was being held without bail.

Police were dispatched to Lyon Street on a call of a hostage situation around 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Police attended the home after a woman texted a friend that she was not allowed to leave, according to an officer at the scene.

Police then entered the building through an open door and arrested Crane. Part of Lyon Street was closed during the standoff.

Crane is also suspected of domestic assault, kidnapping, stalking and breaching protective orders in connection with a Sept. 22 incident, police said Wednesday.

Crane was transferred Wednesday to the custody of the Missouri Department of Corrections. A department spokeswoman said he arrived at the Fulton Reception and Diagnostic Center on Wednesday afternoon.

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