Authorities announced Thursday afternoon that a man arrested following a standoff Wednesday has been charged with throwing a child against a wall and threatening a woman on Tuesday.
Jay Peneaux, 37, has been charged with aggravated assault and abuse of or cruelty to a minor in connection with the alleged events of Tuesday night, the Mitchell Police Division said. Peneaux was arrested at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Quality Inn on South Burr Street.
At 10:56 p.m. Tuesday, at a residence in the 2300 block of South Capital Street, Peneaux allegedly threatened to shoot a woman during an argument and proceeded to walk toward her while brandishing a knife, with which he also reportedly threatened her. The woman was not injured.
During the same incident, Peneaux is accused of throwing a 4-year-old child against a wall, causing minor injuries.
When another person arrived at the residence, Peneaux reportedly ran away. Police were contacted but were unable to find Peneaux in the area.
Police received information early Wednesday afternoon that Peneaux might be at the Quality Inn, and it was discovered that he was inside a room he had rented. Investigation indicated that Peneaux sometimes carried a loaded handgun, and the Mitchell Police Division's Emergency Response Unit was called to the scene.
Peneaux was arrested after a short standoff that occurred when he reportedly didn't answer the phone or door to his room. The standoff lasted about 90 minutes. Both charges filed against him are Class 3 felonies and are punishable upon conviction by up to 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.