Waitsburg man faces five felony charges in standoff

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WALLA WALLA - A man who allegedly held a woman and her two young children against their will at his Waitsburg residence early Friday morning was charged that afternoon in Walla Walla County Superior Court with five felonies.

Keith E. Adams, 23, of 360 Preston Ave., is accused of first-degree assault, harassment and three counts of unlawful imprisonment.

County sheriff's deputies responded to the residence about 1:20 a.m. Friday regarding a domestic dispute at which Adams allegedly was armed with a small automatic pistol. He reportedly was extremely agitated, intoxicated and allegedly had been pointing the weapon at the woman, 21-year-old Melissa Sharpe.

After the area's Emergency Services Unit arrived, negotiators made contact with Adams and he allowed Sharpe to leave, according to a Sheriff's Office report filed in court.

But the children - an infant and a 2-year-old - remained in the residence during a three-hour standoff until Adams surrendered to officers about 5 a.m., authorities said.

A pistol reportedly was recovered at the scene. There were no injuries.

Adams was arrested and booked into the County Jail. Bail was set at $50,000.

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