Man arrested in hostage situation is charged

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)-- A cash bond has been set for the man accused of holding five people hostage during a nearly seven-hour standoff in Eau Claire.

31-year-old James Albrecht made his initial appearance in court Tuesday afternoon where a judge set a cash bond at $100,000. Albrecht was also charged with five counts of holding hostages and several other charges including fleeing an officer and theft.

According to the criminal complaint, in March, Albrecht drove off after getting gas in Dunn County. The complaint says when police spotted his car in Eau Claire he drove off, nearly ramming a squad car, and eventually got out and ran away. He then went into a nearby apartment where he took two women and three kids, ages four, two, and four months, hostage. Police began negotiations and one-by-one was able to help the people get out safely with no injuries.

Albrecht is scheduled to be back in court later this month.

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