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December 30, 2012

Addison man allegedly holds people hostage

ADDISON — An Addison man was jailed Friday, accused of holding four people in his home at gunpoint for several hours – and shooting up his home with various firearms.

State police in Somerset said James Owen Holliday, 47, told his alleged victims he was going to hurt himself, but when they arrived Thursday, he threatened to kill them, firing shots into his walls and “toying with them” before allowing them to go free hours later.

When police were notified, one victim said Holliday indicated he would shoot the first officer that walked in the door. But police were able to take him into custody without incident, investigators said.

Maryland State Police and troopers from Uniontown assisted.

Weapons used in the incident were taken into custody as evidence, police said.

Holliday’s bond was set at $150,000. He currently faces multiple counts of aggravated assault, unlawful restraint, terroristic threats and other charges.

Holliday also faces simple assault charges in an unrelated Oct. 3 incident following a two-vehicle accident near Addison.

Police said Holliday swung a 4-foot-long wooden board at the other driver’s vehicle after the wreck, smashing a window and hitting the man.

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