Cops arrest duo after standoff in rural Marion Co.

Cops arrest duo after standoff in rural Marion Co.

Cops arrest duo after standoff in rural Marion Co.

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by Evan Sernoffsky, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on January 19, 2014 at 12:14 PM

SALEM, Ore. -- Police used a blaring siren to try to force out an armed suspect barricaded in a rural Marion County home Friday night. When that didn’t work, authorities forced their way in and arrested the man, deputies said.

It all started around 9:30 p.m. in the small town of Mehama. Deputies showed up to arrest 35-year-old Jessica King (pictured right) at her home in the 11000 block of Grove Street on an outstanding warrant, said Sgt. Chris Baldridge with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

After finding King’s methamphetamine paraphernalia, deputies learned 45-year-old Steven Nida (pictured left), a man with two outstanding felony warrants, was hiding in the home, Baldridge said.

Nida reportedly has a history of assault and witnesses said he had a gun.

Deputies used their loud hailing equipment, a device often used by riot police to control unruly mobs with deafening noise, to get Nida to surrender. When he wouldn’t come out, deputies call for backup from a Salem Police K-9, Baldridge said.

All the doors to the home were locked, so cops busted in and searched the home room-by-room. Deputies found Nida holed up in the attic and arrested him without incident. Authorities found a small handgun in the home.

Nida and King were booked in the Marion County Jail.

King was charged on a bench warrant for burglary and unlawful possession of methamphetamine.

Nida is in custody on warrants for felon in possession of a firearm, failure to appear, and attempt to elude. His bail was set at $115,000.

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