Missouri

His home caught fire and neighbors let him in. He held them at knifepoint, police say

Kylie J. Kunzie, 45, of Imperial, Mo.
Kylie J. Kunzie, 45, of Imperial, Mo. Jefferson County, Mo., Sheriff's Office

A St. Louis area man set his home on fire, took two neighbors hostage at knifepoint and called 911 early Wednesday, authorities said.

The man was identified by the Jefferson County, Missouri, Sheriff's Office as Kylie Kunzie, a 45-year-old living in Imperial, Mo. He's been charged with kidnapping, second-degree arson and armed criminal action, court records said.

According to a statement from the Sheriff's Office:

Kunzie called 911 before 7 a.m. to report his house was on fire. A few minutes later, he called again to let dispatchers know he was at a neighbor's house and was holding a man and woman hostage. The neighbors had let him in so he could use their phone.

The first deputy to arrive at the neighbor's house saw Kunzie through a screen window allegedly holding a kitchen knife to a man.

Authorities then negotiated the release of the woman during the standoff.

While still holding a knife to the man, Kunzie walked out of the home close to where the initial deputy was standing. That's when the deputy grasped the man by the wrist and pulled him away from Kunzie.

Kunzie then retreated back into the home.

At one point, Kunzie was allegedly seen with a rifle.

After several minutes, Kunzie exited the house, surrendered and was taken into custody.

Kunzie remains in the Jefferson County jail Thursday with bail set at $100,000, cash only.

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