St. Joseph man charged after hours-long standoff

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A man has been charged after a standoff Friday in an east-side St. Joseph neighborhood.

Christopher Chappell, 36 is charged in Buchanan County with a felony of second-degree burglary.

According to court documents, Friday officers with the St. Joseph Police Department responded to the 1000 block of Carol Dr. after a woman texted 911 for help.  Det. Jeff Pearl said according to witnesses Chappell was at the home and made threats to the victim that he was going to see bullets in her head.

“When police arrived on scene Chappell would not let the victim answer the door for officers or let officers inside the residence.  The victim said he blocked her from leaving and told her to lie to officers and tell them he was not there,” Pearl said. “SRT unit arrived on scene and the victim was finally allowed to leave.”

Photo by Nadia Thacker

Photo by Nadia Thacker

Pearl said after a search warrant was obtained the Special Response Team entered the home and took Chappell into custody.  As we previously reported, the standoff lasted around 4 hours. Police said no one was injured.

“The defendant currently has an order of protection against him with the victim as the petitioner,” Pearl said.

Chappell is being held without bail in the Buchanan County Jail.  He’s due in court Tuesday for an arraignment.