Winooski man arrested for allegedly holding young child hostage

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A Winooski man already facing gun-related charges in Burlington now has more criminal charges to deal with after an alleged hostage situation.

Jordan Atwood, 26, is accused of holding a young child hostage early Saturday morning. In an emailed statement, police said they received a call about an armed man holding a young child hostage in a residence. The caller told dispatchers they were fearful for the child’s well being.

Police spoke with Atwood by phone, at which point they said he apparently agreed to come out of the house with the child. Officers arrested Atwood once he emerged. The child was not hurt.

Atwood is charged with unlawful restraint, aggravated domestic assault, a violation of release conditions and committing an offense in the presence of a child. He’s being held without bail at Northwest State Correctional in St. Albans Town.

Atwood was arrested Sept. 1 in Burlington while lurking around a crowd of protestors with a rifle. He has been charged with an alleged violation of release conditions for illegally possessing a gun.

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