MACY — At approximately 12:50 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, officers from the Indiana State Police and the Miami County Sheriff’s Department responded to a residence at 285 N. Allen St., Macy, on a reported battery and a possible hostage situation.
When officers arrived, they found the homeowner, Jess Sampson, 36, Macy, had barricaded himself in the residence with his 14-year-old son.
Prior to officers’ arrival, Sampson had allegedly battered his adult girlfriend, his 17-year-old son and a 19-year-old family friend. The trio was able to leave the residence, but Sampson allegedly would not allow his 14-year-old son to leave the home.
Indiana State Police hostage negotiators tried to get Sampson to release his son and exit the home.
Sampson did not respond to the negotiators. Troopers were able to secure a Miami Circuit Court search warrant for the residence. At approximately 4:40 a.m., officers from the Indiana State Police SWAT entered the residence. They were able to take Sampson into custody. The 14-year-old boy and his 17-year-old brother were released into the care of the Miami County Division of the Indiana Department of Child Services.
During a subsequent search of Sampson’s residence, officers allegedly found methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Sampson was incarcerated in the Miami County Jail to face charges for criminal confinement, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, battery, two counts of domestic battery and possession of drug paraphernalia. Sampson was also wanted on an arrest warrant from Fulton County for neglect of a dependent.