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Man holds woman and children hostage in Waterloo standoff

WATERLOO – A man held a woman and several children hostage in a Waterloo standoff before he was taken into custody.

On Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at approximately 8:30 AM, police in Waterloo responded to a welfare check call at 748 Kern Street. Waterloo police officers arrived and found that a male, later identified as 40-year-old Robert Smull, was holding a female and several children against their will inside. The Waterloo Police Department Tactical Unit, Hostage Negotiators, and Crisis Intervention Unit were activated. After several hours of negotiations, the female and children were able to exit the house. Smull surrendered outside and was arrested.

Smull was charged with:

Domestic Assault

Criminal Mischief 4th

Probation Violation

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