LINCOLN, Neb. -- An apparent standoff ended nearly five hours after it began at the Quality Inn.
Shortly after 3:30 p.m. Thursday, 33-year-old Jeremiah Burkhart surrendered himself to Lancaster County Sheriff's deputies. He was charged Monday with resisting arrest and obstructing a police officer.
The standoff stared around 10:30 a.m., when deputies surrounded the hotel at 3200 NW 12th St.
Sheriff Terry Wagner tells 10/11 the Metro Area Fugitive Task Force has negotiated with Burkhart who is wanted for felony use of a financial device.
Wagner says Burkhart barricaded himself in one room of the hotel, with other rooms on that floor being evacuated. At one point, Wagner says deputies attempted to forcibly enter the room and were unable to make entry because of the manner in which Burkhart had barricaded the door.
Wagner says Burkhart has told associates he was armed and did not want to return to prison. He was believed to be alone in the room until Burkhart surrendered. That's when deputies learned 27-year-old Kevin Gaylord was also in the room. He was taken into custody on an outstanding traffic warrant.
Because Burkhart was believed to be armed and has made threats toward law enforcement, the Sheriff’s Office Tactical Response Unit was called in to handle the situation. Wagner says deputies did not find a weapon in the room.
Deputies shut down area streets, including West Bond during the standoff.
Some nearby businesses were also put on alert, and in some cases, shut down. Police asked the McDonald's nearby to close their doors during the standoff.
Another nearby businesses, Luckie's Lounge, said they saw several people staying in the hotel come through their doors during the standoff.
"There were people who couldn't get to their rooms," Megan Houlden, of Luckie's, said, "need[ing] to charge their cell phones.
"So, you know, people using outlets. Just needing to, you know, eat lunch and they'd come in. They needed to get to the hotel and they obviously knew they couldn't get in. So, they were just kind of waiting around."
Houlden said everyone inside the lounge was thankful the standoff came to a peaceful resolution.
Wagner says the Metro Area Fugitive Task Force, Lancaster County Sheriff’s Deputies and Tactical Response Unit, Lincoln Police and Lincoln Fire and Rescue were all instrumental in bringing this situation to a successful conclusion without any injuries.
Burkhart was charged originally April 1 with unauthorized use of a transaction device. He was charged Friday with forgery and identity theft.
On April 14, he faced a judge for the first time since his standoff and was charged with obstructing a police officer and resisting arrest.