Flores held on $40K bond

HUMBOLDT – A man accused of holding hostages in a Humboldt restaurant while armed Tuesday afternoon has been ordered held under $40,000 bond.

Adolfo M. Flores, 34, of Humboldt, is being held in the Humboldt County Jail. A preliminary hearing has been set for Feb. 28.

Flores allegedly held two people hostage at the Humboldt Lomitas Mexican Restaurant, 607 Sumner Ave., according to the criminal complaint filed with the Humboldt County attorney’s office.

The standoff lasted from 3 in the afternoon until 5:30 p.m.

Flores surrendered after 90 minutes of negotiations.

He’s facing two counts of false imprisonment, aggravated domestic assault, going armed with intent, carrying weapons and interference with official acts.

The complaint alleges that a woman and a juvenile male were held against their will at the restaurant and that Flores, who was armed with a “loaded firearm,” allegedly threatened to kill his live-in girlfriend “while using and displaying a dangerous weapon.”

The complaint gives no further description of the weapon.

“Our first priority in a situation like that with hostages is to make sure they get out of there,” Humboldt County Sheriff Dean Kruger said. “Our top priority is to make sure the public is safe.”

Kruger said that’s why surrounding businesses and the Humboldt Public Library, which is across an alley behind Lomitas, had to be evacuated.

“We’re very lucky that everything went as smooth as it did,” he said.

Not every standoff ends as well. Rockwell City Police Officer Jamie Buenting was killed during a standoff in Rockwell City on Sept. 13, 2013, to which multiple law enforcement agencies responded. Buenting was a certified firearms instructor.

Kruger said surrounding local agencies were called to assist the Humboldt County investigators Tuesday.

“At first it was the Humboldt Police Department and Humboldt County sheriff’s office,” he said. “We put the call out to the (Iowa) State Patrol and they got ahold of some of their people to come up.”

Webster County sheriff’s deputies also responded to Humboldt, according to Chief Deputy Rod Strait.

“They requested that we come up there and give them a hand,” Strait said. “We had two deputies up there.”

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources also had a number of officers on the scene.

Kevin Baskins, communications bureau chief for the DNR, said it’s not unusual for officers to be called to help law enforcement when requested.

“Our officers actually go through the same academies as the troopers,” Baskins said. “But they actually receive more instruction than that because they have to go through fishing and wildlife training, boat safety and water rescue.”

“They’re as fully trained as any officer in the state of Iowa,” he added.

It’s common to see DNR officers helping out other agencies in a variety of roles, he said.

“We’ve worked at traffic accidents, and we’ve even had some of our people involved with presidential details if we have a presidential visit,” Baskins said. “We do, on a routine basis, provide mutual aid to other agencies if we’re available. They are very, very well-trained officers and can provide a lot of assistance in a number of different scenarios.”