COVINGTON — A small child is safe with family members after allegedly being held hostage at knife-point on Sunday night.
Officers were sent to an apartment on Regency Court around 11 p.m. on a report of a small child being held hostage by a man with a knife.
Covington Police units along with Miami County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the apartment building located at the corner of Mote Drive and Regency Court at the south end of the village.
A standoff ensued when the man, identified as Nathaniel Nichols, 23, refused to hand over the child and surrender.
Chief Lee Harmon of the Covington Police Department said the incident apparently began as a domestic dispute. Following over an hour of talking, Nichols agreed to hand the child over to police. The child was taken to a waiting ambulance where he was examined for injuries.
When officers entered the apartment to take Nichols into custody, “There was a struggle for the knife he had,” said Harmon, “and he is heading to Miami Valley right now with a knife wound to his abdomen.”
Nichols remains hospitalized at Miami Valley Hospital. Harmon described his condition as “stable.”
“We hope that he will be released either this afternoon or tomorrow,” Harmon said.
Harmon said that Nichols apparently forced his way into the apartment where a domestic disputed began. Nichols is believed to be the father of the child that he held hostage.
Once released from the hospital, Nichols will be taken to the Miami County Jail where he faces charges of kidnapping, inducing panic, domestic violence, and aggravated burglary.