Posted: Aug 2, 2013 10:56 PM by MTN News
BILLINGS - U.S. Marshal Darrell Bell says that the man involved in Friday's standoff with law enforcement in Laurel is 48-year old Joel Prescott.
A "Be On the Look-Out" (BOLO) Alert for Prescott was issued earlier this week by the the U.S. Marshals Service Montana Violent Offender Task Force, based on a felony warrant charging him with criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal production of dangerous drugs, and operating a clandestine lab.
The BOLO Alert had stated that Prescott was considered armed and dangerous.
Marshal Bell says Prescott's former probation officer was called to the scene on Friday and was able to convince him to come out of the house.
Earlier in the day, a negotiator with the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Department was able to convince Prescott to allow a woman and two children to leave the home.
Friday's standoff began at around 11:30 a.m. when U.S. Marshals attempted to take Prescott into custody.
Officials say when Prescott spotted the Marshals, he ran back into a house at 917 3rd Avenue in Laurel, triggering the hours-long standoff.
Prescott has now been taken to the Yellowstone County Detention Facility in Billings.