A stand-off at a motel in Beatrice early this morning ended with no shots fired.
Beatrice police chief Bruce Lang says an armed man took two women and a child hostage in a room at the Travelers Lodge around midnight.
Initially, officers evacuated rooms around the gunman’s room, but then decided to clear out the entire motel.
Shortly after the standoff began, one of the women and the child were released — and the other woman escaped.
Police negotiators contacted the suspect via the hotel phone. The gunman surrendered about 2:45 this morning.
The suspect is identified as 36-year-old Adam Wolken.
Chief Lang says the suspect has a criminal background including “issues we were concerned about,” but he didn’t elaborate.
Wolken was booked on charges including: burglary, domestic violence and use of weapons to commit a felony. Lang says the suspect did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Police reportedly recovered a handgun and an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle — both loaded — from the motel room. Lieutenant Mike Oliver says they also searched Wolken’s Beatrice home and recovered additional weapons.
Bond for Wolken was set in Gage County court this morning at $900,000. He’s due to be back in court March 6th.
By Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice