A Kansas City man who allegedly pulled a gun on a Range Line restaurant worker was arrested Friday after a three-hour standoff with Joplin Police.
Jeffrey N. Riley, 66, was in custody late Friday afternoon while the Newton County prosecutor's office considered the filing of charges.
The standoff started at 11:12 a.m. when police received a call that a man armed with a gun was on the parking lot of the Fazoli's restaurant, 4027 S. Richard Joseph Blvd., where he threatened restaurant workers.
Capt. Trevor Duncan said that when officers arrived, they saw the man go into the Microtel Inn at 4101 Range Line Road, next door to the restaurant. Officers followed, searching for him, and they saw him go into a room and close the door. Police cordoned off the room, clearing other rooms in the surrounding area.
They also called on the Missouri Department of Transportation to close Range Line in that area to motorists. MoDOT put up roadblocks from Interstate-44 south to 44th Street. Duncan said that was done as a precautionary move because of the report weapons were involved.
Police then called in its special weapons and tactical team to get the man out of the room where he had holed up.
"Negotiations were attempted for a considerable amount of time," Duncan said. Then the SWAT team tried to flush the man out by deploying gas into the room.
A SWAT team negotiator tried talking to the man again and persuaded him to surrender, police said. He came out of the room about 2:15 p.m., Duncan said.
After he was taken to custody, SWAT officers saw what they believed could have been an explosive device in the room.
Photos of the device were sent to both the Springfield Fire Department Regional Bomb Squad and a Fort Leonard Wood bomb squad. Duncan said they could not identify the workings of the device by photo so the Springfield squad came to Joplin and determined that the device was only a replica of a grenade.