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BREAKING: Man Arrested After Rawlings Standoff

August 12th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

On August 11, 2020, at approximately 1:20 p.m. members of the Allegany County Sheriff’s office responded to a Blooming Field Drive residence to serve an active arrest warrant on Jeffrey Lee Custer, Sr.

Upon arrival, contact was made with Custer; however, he refused to open the door of his residence and the windows and doors were boarded-up with plywood. Custer also advised he had gasoline and propane tanks and was going to blow up his residence as well as other residences in the surrounding area. In addition, Custer advised he poured gasoline into the sewer system to spread to other residences.

Deputies detected the odor of gasoline; therefore the immediate area was evacuated and a perimeter was set up. A request for additional resources was made at this time. The negotiation team attempted to convince Custer to surrender. After hours of negotiation, a plan was put into place and executed, which resulted in the arrest of Custer at 2:13 a.m., without incident.

At this time Custer was served an arrest warrant with the following charges: Jeffrey Lee Custer Sr., DOB: 5/21/65 Kidnapping, Rape-second degree, Reckless Endangerment, False Imprisonment, Second Degree Assault, Sex Offense-third degree, Arson Threat, First Degree Assault Custer was held without bail on the above charges.

The operation was a success due to the cooperation with several allied agencies, which included: Cumberland City Police, Garrett County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office, C3I, State Highway, Allegany County Government, EMS and Fire Personnel from Allegany County, and Garrett County. These agencies working together resulted in a safe and successful outcome from a potentially deadly situation.

Special thanks to the Rawlings Fire department for allowing Law Enforcement and EMS/Fire to set up a command center at their location.

One Response to “BREAKING: Man Arrested After Rawlings Standoff”

  1. August 12, 2020 at 3:43 pm, TB said:

    Custer’s Last Stand

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