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Three held hostage but unharmed by man in rural Dexter

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

BLOOMFIELD -- A man is in custody in the Stoddard County Jail for felonious restraint.

According to a news release issued this morning by Sheriff Carl Hefner, the department responded to an E-911 call on Sunday which reported a male subject in a residence with a firearm, possibly holding hostages. The suspect, Toby Lacy, 30, told dispatch that if law enforcement didn't arrive within 10 minutes at 14099 New Quest Lane, just west of Dexter, to pick him up, he would start killing people.

Deputies arrived within six minutes and secured residences located in close proximity to the suspect and asked those neighbors to stay inside their houses.

Meanwhile, emergency dispatchers were able to contact Lacy by phone. Lacy, who was staying in the residence, told dispatch he was armed and going to kill the three hostages he was holding in a back bedroom.

A deputy then made contact with Lacy at the scene, and Lacy told the deputy he wanted to go back to prison and could if he shot someone. Lacy then hung up. Shortly after, Hefner arrived on the scene and contacted Lacy, who told the sheriff he wanted to be taken out and if he had to kill everyone in the residence he would and then hung up the phone.

Dispatch then regained contact with Lacy, who said that if the sheriff wouldn't send in the K-9 Unit, he would give himself up.

The sheriff and the deputy then got in a patrol car and drive toward the residence, where Lacy immediately exited through the front door with his hands in the air, holding what appeared to be some sort of handgun.

Lacy then walked to a vehicle parked at the end of the residence and placed the weapon on the back of it, then, with his hands still in the air, walked to Hefner and the deputy and surrendered himself.

Lacy was taken into custody without incident.

Located inside the residence were three people held hostage: a 19-year-old male, 19-year-old female and 17-month-old child. None appeared to be harmed but all were quite frightened, according to the news release.

As of press time, Lady remained in custody under a $12,500 cash-only bond.