Man makes first court appearance after weekend standoff in Topeka

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A man who was barricaded himself inside a home in West Topeka for two hours Sunday, made his first court appearance Monday. The judge determined the arrest was warranted. The Shawnee County District Attorney has two days to file charges or let the man go. 

Police were looking for Andrew Kobel, 22, Saturday morning after a call came in of domestic abuse. Police were not able to find him at that time.

On Sunday, an officer located Kobel after seeing him outside a house in the 500 block of Saline Street. Police said Kobel ran inside when he saw the officers and stayed there for two hours.

Officers knocked on the door, urging him to come outside, even signaling lights and making an announcement over the speakers.

After hiding inside for a couple hours he surrendered to police. Officers were able to arrest him once he came out of the home.

Kobel was booked into the Shawnee County Department of Correction under suspicion of committing aggravated burglary, attempted kidnapping, domestic battery and child endangerment.

This isn’t the first time he’s faced domestic battery charges. He’s currently charged with several domestic battery incidents from 2018.

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