Police arrest man 7 days after standoff

The suspect held authorities at bay for hours on Nov. 22 until police command staff decided to retreat and come back later.

Joshua Thomas faces charges of violating parole, unlawful use of a weapon and more. November 29, 2016, (LCSO)
Joshua Thomas faces charges of violating parole, unlawful use of a weapon and more. November 29, 2016, (LCSO)

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – Eugene police have arrested a man seven days after he held them at bay in a six-hour standoff.

The Register Guard reports Tuesday that 26-year-old Joshua Austin Thomas was booked into Lane County Jail late Monday on suspicion of violating parole, menacing, being a felon in possession of a weapon, unlawful use of a weapon and interfering with making a report.

The newspaper previously reported that Thomas, of Eugene, held police at bay for hours on Nov. 22 until police command staff decided to retreat and come back later.

That decision drew the ire of the Eugene Police Employees Association.

The police union released a letter that said the decision as “unethical, cowardly and irresponsible.”

Thomas eluded officers again on Nov. 23 and once more on Saturday.