PD: Teen accused of taking woman as hostage - WFSB 3 Connecticut

PD: Teen accused of taking woman as hostage

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The following photo of Joshua Ballard was provided by the Torrington Police Department. The following photo of Joshua Ballard was provided by the Torrington Police Department.
WINCHESTER, CT (WFSB) -

A kidnapping suspect was arrested following a two-hour standoff with police in Winchester Tuesday morning.

Torrington Police said Joshua Ballard, 18, of Winchester kidnapped a female friend at gunpoint and drove around Torrington and Winsted on Monday night.

Police located Ballard at his home in Winchester after his family called in that he was missing and possibly suicidal. When police went to his home, he initially would not come out of the house. Police were able to convince the suspect to come out.

The suspect's mother, Suzanne Barron said Ballard is "very intelligent, very talented, very good at whatever he tried to do, but it just escaled and he was scared, he did not mean to do this."

Inside the home police located a revolver, a messenger-type bag, a roll of duct tape, packaging twine, a utility knife and marijuana.

Ballard's girlfriend told Eyewitness News that she believes that he reached out to the alleged victim for help. She said "he would have hurt her if he wanted and he did not."

Ballard faces numerous charges including kidnapping, robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana and theft of a firearm. He is being held on $500,000 bond.

Ballard was arraigned at Bantam Superior Court on Wednesday.

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