Suspect in domestic disturbance, standoff to remain behind bars pending court

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A St. Joseph man accused of burglary in connection with a police standoff last week will remain in custody until his next court appearance.

Christopher Chappell is charged with entering the victim’s home in the 1000 block of Carol Dr. on March 31, despite being under a protection order barring him from contact with the victim.

As we reported earlier, the victim sent a text message to emergency dispatchers, but according to court documents, Chappell refused to let the woman talk with police or answer the door when they arrived. What followed was an hours-long standoff with police and the Special Response Team before the suspect was arrested.

Court documents also assert that Chappell threatened the victim, saying he was going to “see bullets in her head.”

During Chappell’s first appearance Tuesday, Associate Circuit Judge Keith Marquart refused to allow the defendant to post bail. The judge scheduled a preliminary hearing April 21.

The defendant will apply for a public defender