Arrest made in weekend standoff
by Briana Webster
Mar 28, 2014 | 5522 views | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kenneth John Herrst II
Kenneth John Herrst II
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Walker County Sheriff’s deputies and members of the county’s SWAT team responded to a standoff in Nauvoo over the weekend.

Kenneth John Herrst II, 32, of Nauvoo, was arrested after a three-hour standoff that occurred at 1256 Prospect Rd. Saturday night.

According to Walker County Sheriff’s Investigator Sgt. Dayron Bridges, sheriff’s deputy Gary Knight went to execute two felony warrants on Herrst for first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree receiving stolen property. But when Knight arrived, he came upon what could have been a potentially disastrous scene.

“When he [Knight] gets out, he talks to some folks in the yard. The front door of the house was open, where this guy supposedly lived. Gary entered the house, and he saw the man with the gun,” Bridges said. “He was lucky and put some distance between himself and the man. The man barricaded himself in the house. Deputy Knight called for some backup, and he was able to control the scene by himself until backup arrived.” 

The incident lasted approximately three hours, from around 6:36 p.m. until after 9 p.m.

Bridges said once backup arrived, deputies were able to talk Herrst, who was the only occupant of the residence at that time, out of the house where he was arrested without any problems. Herrst was charged with first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree receiving stolen property and resisting arrest.

“He had hung some sheets over the windows, or quilts, moved some furniture around and took out the window AC (air conditioner) unit, shut the window. I mean, really, this had bad written all over it,” Bridges said. “We are very lucky nobody got hurt. The evening shift did a great job. It was textbook. Gary Knight did a great job in the way he handled this.”