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Worthington police seek suspect in hostage situation

| Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, 12:06 a.m.
TIM KARAN I LEADER TIMES The Worthington home where police initially thought a hostage situation was taking place on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012.

Police were looking Thursday night for a man who allegedly held his ex-girlfriend hostage in her Worthington home during a domestic dispute before prompting what police believed was a standoff earlier in the afternoon.

According to police, the incident began around 8 a.m. when Keith Kammerdeiner, 37, arrived at the home along Main Street and allegedly bound his former girlfriend and threatened her with a knife. Shortly before 3 p.m., the 27-year-old woman who police did not identify said she somehow broke free and ran across the street to Wo-Town's Worthington Market where Matt Williamson, 19, called 911.

“She said her ex-boyfriend was trying to commit suicide and wanted to kill her,” said Williamson. “She wasn't wearing any shoes and was shaken up pretty bad. She said he had a bomb, a knife and a gun.”

The woman told police she believed Kammerdeiner was still in the house, and state Trooper John Grossi said authorities established a perimeter around it about 30 to 40 minutes before entering.

“When we made entry, he had already fled,” said Grossi. “There was no evidence of any kind of an explosive device.”

Grossi said the woman did exhibit some injuries and she was transported to ACMH Hospital for observation and further interviews.

Worthington Police Chief William DeForte said he believes the couple have been broken up at least six months and that Worthington Police had not been called to the address for any related incidents in the past. DeForte also said the woman has children but that they weren't home during the ordeal.

“We haven't had any problems with her,” said DeForte. “It's been a relatively quiet household.”

Kammerdeiner, who didn't live at the house, is believed to be armed. He was last seen driving south on Freeport Road in a white 1999 Jeep Cherokee with tinted windows and a lift kit. Anyone who sees Kammerdeiner or the vehicle is asked to contact police.

“When an individual does something like this, there's no question he's dangerous,” said DeForte. “I think he's probably off-balance and it's important we get him custody as soon as possible.”

Tim Karan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303 or tkaran@tribweb.com.

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