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ASHLEY — Police early Sunday morning responded to what they thought was a hostage situation and hours later took Jeffrey Arnott Jr. , 26, and Ryan Michael Mitchell, 25, into custody on warrants they fled a halfway house in Lackawanna County.

Ashley Police Chief John Bell said there were no injuries and no weapons involved.

Officers responded to a residence in the 100 block of Barnes Street around 1 a.m. and heard screaming and threats made during an altercation, Bell said. The officers tried to make contact with the people inside, but no one responded. The officers thought they had a barricaded hostage situation, Bell said.

A vehicle that had been driven to the residence was stolen from Larksville, Bell said.

Police were able to talk Arnott out of the residence around daybreak, Bell said. Arnott was committed to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility on the warrant. In addition he was charged with receiving stolen property, unlawful restraint and terroristic threats. His bail was set at $50,000.

Mitchell was turned over to state parole officers, Bell said.

Two women were also in the residence.

State police and the Wilkes-Barre Township, Wilkes-Barre and Hanover Township police departments assisted.

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