Suspect in custody after hours-long standoff in Des Moines


DES MOINES, Iowa — A suspect was arrested after an hours-long standoff with police in Des Moines on Saturday.

Des Moines resident David Harbold, 37, is charged with two counts of intimidation with a dangerous weapon and interference with official acts with a dangerous weapon.

Des Moines police were called to the 2700 block of Sampson Street at 2:45 a.m. on a report of gunfire in the area.

Officers quickly determined the gunfire came from within a home on Sampson Street. Police say the gunfire struck two neighboring homes.

Harbold allegedly secured himself inside the home and refused to come out. The Metro Special Tactics and Response (STAR) crisis negotiation team was then called in to try and communicate with him.

Harbold’s next-door neighbor described the scene as surreal.

“I got up and heard this loud voice, and I thought, ‘who is standing outside my window yelling?’ It was the cops on their speaker. I got up and opened my front door and said, ‘Oh my God.’ They said, ‘get back in the house!'” said Valerie Madison, Harbold’s next-door neighbor.

The standoff lasted about 12 hours. Harbold was eventually taken into custody around 2:45 p.m. Police say he was armed with a handgun but didn’t fire any shots during the standoff. No one was injured during the incident.

Harbold is now being held in the Polk County Jail. His neighbor hopes he never returns to Sampson Street.

“I’m just a nervous wreck. I told one friend that I don’t think it’s going to hit me until about 6 tonight, and I’ll probably be shaking. We just don’t want him back.” said Madison.

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