▶️ Hostage situation at SW Bend home leads to arrest


(Editor’s note: This article describes a situation of a person threatening self-harm. It may be disturbing for some.)

Bend Police say they arrested a man armed with a flare gun who refused to allow someone to leave a home in Southwest Bend over the weekend.

It happened Saturday just before 9:00 p.m. Bend Police say they were called to a home in the 60000 block of Alpine Drive, which is off Ponderosa Street, for a report of an unwanted subject.

Police say a man, identified as 36-year-old Austin Michael Supica of Bend, reportedly refused to leave the home and was armed with a flare gun, threatening to shoot himself with it. He had been at the house earlier in the night and had been asked to leave, but returned and forced his way inside.

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When officers arrived, two people were able to get out of the home but Supica allegedly did not allow a third person to leave.

The Central Oregon Emergency Response Team (CERT) arrived at about 10:05 p.m. Bend PD said the hostage was able to escape at 10:34 p.m. while Supica was in the bathroom.

CERT negotiators talked Supica out of the house about 10 minutes later and was taken into custody, Bend PD said.

Supica was booked into the Deschutes County Jail on charges of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary and the felony in-state warrant.


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