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Man arrested, charged with abduction after armed barricade situation in James City County

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Posted at 10:20 AM, Nov 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-11 10:41:24-05

JAMES CITY Co., Va. - A James City County man was arrested after barricading himself, armed and with a woman he knew, in a home overnight, police said.

According to police, at 10:10 p.m. Tuesday, officers responded to the 200 block of Portmarnoch after receiving several reports of gunshots in the area.

When officers arrived, a woman flagged them down to say that a family member was having a mental health issue, and was armed and inside the residence with a 22-year-old woman he knew.

The subject, identified as Kenneth Alan Wilder, a 23-year-old James City County resident, was reportedly armed with an AR-15 rifle and a 9mm handgun. Wilder refused to leave the residence or allow the female victim inside to leave.

Police learned that Wilder had fired multiple shots outside the residence before barricading himself.

Negotiators made contact with Wilder throughout the night. At approximately 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, officers were able to assist the female victim out of the residence. She was uninjured.

During negotiations, Wilder fired a weapon inside the residence.

Wilder exited the residence at approximately 7:25 a.m. wearing a bulletproof vest and ballistic helmet and armed with the AR-15, 9mm handgun, a knife and a hatchet. He was taken into custody at that time.

Wilder is currently being held on abduction charges at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail without bond.

This investigation is ongoing.