Scottsbluff Police arrested a man early Thursday morning on assault charges after attempting to negotiate with him for several hours.

In a press release, Capt. Tony Straub said police had been called to the 1600 block of W. 42nd St to a third-party report of a potential domestic violence situation at about 7:53 p.m. Wednesday.

Investigating officers received a report that a woman had been assault by a man, identified as Samuel Schlothauer, 74, of Scottsbluff.

 Due to information gathered as part of the investigation, the Scotts Bluff County SWAT Team was requested to serve arrest and search warrants at the home.  Schlothauer had numerous firearms in the home and had allegedly threatened a woman with a firearm.

Straub said officers spoke with Schlothauer for several hours on the phone, however, he refused to come out to speak and made threats against the officers. After several hours of failed negotiations, Straub said Schlothauer "unknowingly approached" team members whom were able to take him into custody near the garage of the home.

Police arrested Schlothauer on charges of domestic assault, terroristic threats, use of a weapon to commit a felony and assault on a police officer.He is jailed at the Scotts Bluff County Detention Center.

The Scottsbluff Police Department was assisted by members of the Gering Police Department, Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office, Valley Ambulance Services and the Scottsbluff Police Department Bomb Team.

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