PEORIA, Ill. — The Peoria Police Department identified the men involved in the Wednesday afternoon standoff that involved a woman being held hostage.
Thursday, PPD spokeswoman Amy Dotson confirmed Talya Zolicoffer was arrested on charges of unlawful restraint, aggravated assault/use of a deadly weapon, domestic battery, and violation of an order of protection. He is accused of holding the woman, identified as 34-year-old Amber Hagerman, hostage in the standoff.
Zolicoffer was arrested Wednesday afternoon after a roughly two-hour standoff with the Peoria Police Department.
Forty-five-year-old Greg Hall was also arrested on charges of resisting/obstructing an officer.
Law enforcement surrounded the area of a home on W Kettelle St. after a woman called 9-1-1, saying another woman had been held against her will and beaten inside the home.
The victim’s sister, who did not wish to give her name, said Hagerman had gone to her boyfriend’s home three days earlier to pick something up, but no one had seen her since. She was able to get in touch with Hagerman Wednesday morning, and the sister went to the home she was at with Zolicoffer.
When she arrived, Zolicoffer reportedly went up to a window with a gun and kicked Hagerman. Seeing this, her sister left the scene and called 9-1-1.
Before officers arrived, Hagerman got out of the house, but the man was still inside. Police negotiators called him, and he reportedly made threatening statements before hanging up. He eventually surrendered to police and was arrested without incident at the scene.
Before the suspect was arrested, another man, Hall, walked up to the residence, refused to leave and ultimately was arrested without incident as well. Another man was also at the house, but was not arrested.
Dotson said the victim was being treated at a local hospital.
Dotson said police are investigating the situation as a domestic battery and unlawful restraint incident. She also said a CodeRED Alert was sent out to community members and businesses.
The scene was cleared just before 2 p.m. Wednesday.