Stewartville Standoff Ends Peacefully
A man who threatened a woman at an apartment in Stewartville this morning and then kept a large number of officers at bay for a few hours finally surrendered without incident. Olmsted County Sheriff Dave Mueller says the incident began around 8 a.m. when 29 year old Coniah Horton showed up at the woman’s apartment and demanded money, saying he had a gun nearby. The woman - who knows Horton - was able to call his probation officer, who contacted authorities. She then left her apartment with her two children and officers soon surrounded the building, located on Main Street.
The building was evacuated and some nearby businesses locked their doors. Stewartville schools also went into precautionary lockdown. Mueller says about fours hour later, Horton finally came out and was taken into custody.
At last report, a gun had not been located.
Court records show Horton - believed to have been living in Austin - has criminal cases dating back to 2001, many involving terroristic threats and felony assaults. He has also served time in prison.
Mueller says Horton was still on parole for his most recent conviction and an arrest warrant had been issued due to a violation.