Children held hostage in Waterloo domestic standoff

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A Seneca County man has been arrested after a “volatile” domestic violence incident in the town of Waterloo.

On Tuesday, Seneca County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Waterloo-Geneva Road, where they say Joshua W. Manko, 30, had threatened two adult family members with a butterfly knife and attempted to prevent them from leaving the scene. One of the members of the family allegedly crashed their car into a sign post while trying to escape.

When deputies arrived, they say Manko was in the apartment, with the knife and two young children, ages 7 and 10. He allegedly refused to come out or let the children come out.

Deputies say they attempted to negotiate with Manko through the door, but he refused to comply.

Manko allegedly then drew what appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol from behind his back and pointed it at the police negotiator, threatening to kill him.

The police negotiator drew his service pistol but did not fire because the two children were at the side of the suspect.

After a brief standoff, police say Manko gave one of the children the pistol. At this point, deputies forcibly breeched the door and entered the apartment. They say Manko resisted arrest and fought with the officers, but was subdued without injury to anyone.

The butterfly knife and pistol were secured at the scene. The pistol was discovered to be an air pistol replica of a Winchester large caliber handgun.

The children were turned over to relatives, and the case will be referred to child protective services.

Manko was charged with two counts of first degree reckless endangerment, two counts of second degree menacing, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, criminal possession of a weapon, obstructing governmental administration, unlawfully dealing with a child, resisting arrest, and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Manko was arraigned in the Town of Waterloo Court and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility with no bail. An order of protection was issued by the court.

The investigation is continuing.        

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