Ottumwa man arrested after barricading himself in motel room for two hours
Two subjects are arrested after a two-hour situation involving the Ottumwa Police Department at the Colonial Motor Inn in Ottumwa.
Ottumwa Police Chief Tom McAndrew said officers had been working on a theft case involving bad checks and Ottumwa resident Shawn Lee Forney. Officers gathered enough information that they were able to bring an arrest warrant to Forney at the Colonial Motor Inn on Albia Road. However, when officers made contact with Forney outside room 228, Forney refused to come out.
During the course of communicating with Forney, the officers determined that there was also a female in the room. It was questionable whether Forney was holding her against her will. It was later determined the woman, Danielle Lasley-Eakins, was in the room on her own free will, however, Ottumwa Police were prepared for emergency response, just in case.
"In this type of situation, you don't know whether you're getting into, all we know is that he's on the other side of the door," said Chief McAndrew. "He did try to escape out the window at one point. We had only two officers there and when we heard that call and most of us are working, we'll head over there just because you don't know what you're getting into."
McAndrew said officers also asked residents of nearby and surrounding rooms to evacuate for their own safety. However, at no point were shots ever fired and the situation unfolded peacefully.
When asked why Forney resisted arrest, McAndrew said officers thought they could smell an odor signaling illegal drugs were inside the room. After about two hours of talking with Forney, both he and Lasley-Eakins were taken into custody.
"We had to stand around for quite a while while we negotiated with him," McAndrew said. "You just have to be patient and you don't want to force the issue. We don't want to force anyone into a confrontation if we don't have to."
Forney was arrested for second-degree theft and is being held in the Wapello County Jail on a $5,000 bond. Lasley-Eakins was charged with failure to pay child support and is being held on a $1,500 cash only bond.