St. Johnsbury man accused of holding daughter, 8, hostage during standoff with police

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ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. – Police say a 44-year-old held his 8-year-old daughter hostage in a St. Johnsbury home Tuesday and engaged in a three-hour standoff with police before surrendering.

Police say Johnnie A. Simpson of St. Johnsbury barricaded himself and the girl inside a home on Caledonia Street as police arrived to investigate an alleged stabbing at the residence. The Vermont State Police Hostage Negotiation Team and Tactical Support Team was called in and the street was closed to traffic.

Police say they were able to convince Simpson to let the child come out and for him to surrender.  The girl was not hurt.  Few other details are known about the stabbing victim or the person’s condition.

Police said Johnnie Simpson is the brother of Everett Simpson, who is accused of kidnapping a New Hampshire woman and her son in January and sexually assaulting her at a motel in White River Junction. Everett Simpson is in jail, awaiting trial on two counts of kidnapping and two counts of transporting a stolen vehicle across state lines.

Johnnie Simpson is being held without bail. He is expected to be charged with aggravated domestic assault, cruelty to a child, unlawful restraint and reckless endangerment.

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