Suspect in motor lodge standoff charged with kidnapping

SEEKONK, Mass. (WPRI) — A man accused of holding a woman hostage inside a Seekonk motel for more than seven hours overnight is now facing a slew of charges.

Police said Jaron Albanese, 31, of Swansea will be charged at his arraignment with kidnapping, assault with a dangerous weapon, violation of abuse prevention order, resisting arrest and failure to register as a sex offender.

According to Police Chief Craig A. Mace, it all started with a routine traffic stop on Commerce Way. He said Patrolman Scott Flaherty pulled over a car after noticing it had a defective tail light.

While Flaherty conducted registry checks on the man and woman inside the vehicle he realized there was an active arrest warrant for Albanese, who was a passenger.Police at Seekonk motel

Mace said that’s when Albanese exited the vehicle and took off running. Following a short foot chase, Mace said Albanese jumped back into the car, pulled a large knife, and directed the woman he was with to drive away.

The two then drove to Mary’s Motor Lodge on Fall River Avenue where, Mace said, “The man got out of the car with the knife displayed and entered a room. He refused commands to drop the knife. The man coaxed the woman to enter the motel room.”

The Southeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council was called to the scene and after about 7 and a half hours of negotiating, Mace said Albanese allowed the woman to leave the motel room and then surrendered a short time later.

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