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Man indicted in Waterford standoff

Man indicted in Waterford standoff

What started with a young girl calling 911 to report a domestic assault and ended in an armed stando
Man indicted in Waterford standoff
Saratoga County sheriff's deputies block traffic at Third Avenue in Waterford on Monday during what police said was a standoff with an armed man inside an apartment.
Photographer: HALEY VICARRO/GAZETTE REPORTER

What started with a young girl calling 911 to report a domestic assault and ended in an armed standoff with Waterford police last month has resulted in Cohoes man facing a 28-count indictment in Saratoga County Court, including nearly two dozen felonies.

Rashann Hunt, 36, was indicted on counts of burglary, criminal use of a firearm, second-degree assault, criminal contempt, first-degree stalking and second-degree assault — all felonies. He also was charged with misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child, criminal possession of stolen property, menacing and third-degree assault in the indictment handed up in Saratoga County Court on Thursday.

Hunt perpetrated the initial assault against his girlfriend Aug. 31, according to police. Armed with a knife, he held the woman and her 7-year-old daughter hostage in their Grace Street apartment for nearly 10 hours, police said.

The woman and girl were eventually able to flee and reported the incident to authorities, police said. Police from several different agencies attempted to take Hunt into custody, but police said he fled the area on foot.

Then, the following afternoon, Hunt returned with a handgun and again held the woman and her daughter hostage, police said. The girl alerted a 911 dispatcher to the assault, according to police, saying her mother and father were “hurting each other” at the apartment.

The woman sustained serious injuries in the incident, but was able to escape with her daughter, police said. She was later treated at Albany Medical Center.

Meanwhile, Hunt barricaded himself in the home, according to police, brandished a gun as officers arrived. A Waterford police officer sustained a broken arm and other injuries diving for cover, police said.

Hunt remained holed up in the apartment until the pre-dawn hours of Sept. 2, when he surrendered to police after lengthy negotiations.

The incident resulted in several nearby residences being evacuated as negotiations continued. Neighbors at the scene said Hunt had a history of disputes with the woman and had held the family hostage before.

Hunt is being held without bail at the Saratoga County jail.

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