A man who held four children hostage during a five-hour long standoff with law enforcement on Sunday night is expected to appear today in federal court.
Harold Pete, 29, was arrested at about 4 a.m. Monday after he surrendered to police outside a residence in Ojo Amarillo, a Navajo reservation town south of Kirtland , FBI spokesman Frank Fisher said in news release.
Witnesses told investigators Pete fired a shotgun several and forced his way into a residence late Sunday night. Two women escaped but four children were left inside with Pete.
The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office and Farmington police’s SWAT teams surrounded the house.
A Navajo police investigator and an FBI agent negotiated with Pete for hours. He released the children one by one until he finally surrendered early Monday morning.