Man accused of holding 3 hostage in Ohio home for hours faces kidnapping, other charges


FRANKLIN, Ohio — Police in southwestern Ohio say a man accused of holding three people hostage in a house for hours is in custody on kidnapping and domestic violence charges.

The man was arrested after a Monday morning standoff in Franklin, a Warren County town between Dayton and Cincinnati.

A statement from Franklin police Chief Russ Whitman says 44-year-old Jason Cole was being held without bond. It wasn’t immediately clear whether Cole has an attorney.

Whitman says Cole held two adults and a 6-year-old child at gunpoint for about three hours. Police say a man and the child escaped out a window, and a woman was released shortly afterward and taken to a hospital with injuries she suffered in an assault.

Police say Cole exited the house and was arrested without further incident.