Humboldt man arrested after standoff

HUMBOLDT – A late afternoon standoff ended with a man being taken into custody Tuesday after refusing to come out of a restaurant in downtown Humboldt.

Adolfo Flores, 34, of Humboldt, was charged with two counts of false imprisonment, aggravated domestic assault, going armed with intent, carrying weapons and interference with official acts, according to a press release from the Humboldt Police Department.

The standoff happened at the Lomitas Mexican Restaurant, 607 Sumner Ave.

According to the release, the Humboldt Police Department and Humboldt County sheriff’s office were called to the restaurant after a report of an “armed gentleman with hostages” on the premises,

The hostages were quickly released, and Flores surrendered around 5:30 p.m. after approximately 90 minutes of negotiation with law enforcement, according to the Police Department release.

The release did not specify the number of hostages or their identities. Attempts to reach Humboldt County Sheriff and Police Administrator Dean Kruger for clarification were unsuccessful as of press time Tuesday.

Lomitas owner Arnuld Galvan said the suspect, who he identified as Adolfo Jimenez, was distraught Tuesday morning.

“He said he wanted to kill himself,” Galvan said. “He was also drinking.”

Galvan said the suspect’s wife is a co-worker of his.

In the early afternoon, Galvan said he offered to help the suspect after the man called him.

“I left the restaurant,” Galvan said. “When I came back the police were here telling me I couldn’t come in. When I got out, he got in.”

Galvan said the restaurant was closed at the time the standoff began.

He also said he gave the keys to the restaurant to law enforcement to help them in the standoff.

The standoff shut down the entire block of Sumner Avenue where Lomitas is located. City officials blocked off the street and law enforcement officers evacuated everybody from the block, including everybody in the stores.

At one point, a woman tried leaving the Dollar General store and was told to go back inside by an Iowa State Patrol trooper.

“Ma’am, go back inside!” the trooper yelled. “Get somewhere safe!”

Officers stood on every corner of the block, with some armed with rifles.

The Humboldt County sheriff’s office, Humboldt Police Department, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Webster County Sheriff’s Department all responded to the scene. Also on scene was Trooper Matt Eimers, a trained crisis negotiator with the Iowa State Patrol’s Crisis Response Team.