Kearney police arrest man for holding people hostage

(Source: Buffalo Co Detention Center)

KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - The Kearney Police Department has arrested a man who had held people against their will with a knife and hammer.

KPD says they first took the call around 5 p.m. Monday that said a man was holding family members against their will in the 200 block of East 29th Street. Once on scene, officers said the subject in question was gone.

Then, just an hour later, officers were dispatched back to the location, and that's when the found the man on the west side of the residence with a knife held to his throat. Authorities demanded the man drop the knife, but he resisted.

Shortly after, KPD says the man took off on foot for about a block and a half, leading officers on a foot chase to 31st Street and Avenue B. That's where officers fired bean bag rounds through a shotgun, eventually subduing the subject and arresting him without any injuries.

Matthew Honomichl, 25, was booked Monday night in Buffalo County Jail. He's facing several charges including terroristic threats, false imprisonment, using a weapon to commit a felony, criminal mischief and resisting arrest.

Police are investigating the factor of mental illness since Honomichl threatened to take his own life by holding the knife to his own throat.

Chief Bryan Waugh said he commends his officers for using a non'lethal option to stop the suspect. He also said they are reviewing the use of force to make sure all the proper training was implements, which is standard protocol. Chief Waugh said if they did not have the non-lethal options that this could have turned out to be deadly.