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UPDATE: Man pleads in Norway hostage case

Andrew Paul Geronimi has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.
Mugshot for Andrew Paul Geronimi.
Mugshot for Andrew Paul Geronimi.(WLUC/Dickinson County Jail)
Published: Jan. 20, 2021 at 10:25 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 21, 2021 at 3:13 PM EST
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NORWAY, Mich. (WLUC) - UPDATE Feb 16: Andrew Paul Geronimi has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges. His pre-trial hearing is scheduled for March 15 in Dickinson County Circuit Court.

The man arrested following a domestic violence hostage situation Jan. 19 in Norway has been identified.

33-year-old Andrew Paul Geronimi, of Kingsford, was arraigned on Jan. 20 on the following charges:

  • One count of unlawful imprisonment, punishable by up to 15 years in prison
  • One count of felonious assault, punishable by up to 4 years in prison
  • Two counts of assaulting, resisting, obstructing police, punishable by up to 2 years in prison

His bond was set at $15,000 cash or surety, but Dickinson County Prosecutor Lisa Richards told TV6 that because he has a different domestic violence charge against him, he isn’t actually able to bond out.

Geronimi has a preliminary hearing set for 2:00 p.m. Feb 9.

ORIGINAL STORY: A man is in the Dickinson County Jail following a hostage situation Tuesday night in Norway.

According to the Norway City Police Department, officers responded to a domestic violence incident at 618 15th Avenue in Norway at 10:01 p.m. Jan. 19.

Officers were told a 33-year-old white man was armed with two knives and threatening to harm the woman who called 911. Police said the man had reportedly taken the woman hostage and would not let her leave the home.

Once arriving to the home, officers entered the home and attempted to negotiate with the man. Officers said the man refused to negotiate or comply with officer commands.

The Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) activated and team members attempted to negotiate again with the man. Again, the man refused to negotiate with the officers or CIRT.

After continued attempts to get the man to comply with officer demands, he was subdued with the use of non-lethal shotgun rounds. Officers said the man was then taken into custody and taken to the Dickinson County Jail.

The Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office, Michigan State Police, CIRT, North Alert Ambulance and Integrity ambulance assisted the Norway police with this incident.

No other details or names have been released at this time. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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