Lomax man wanted on Iowa warrant arrested after standoff with law enforcement in Hancock County

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Steven A. Bell | Photo courtesy of Hancock County Sheriff's Department

LaHARPE, Ill. — A Lomax man was taken into custody on Tuesday, Sept. 5 on an Iowa warrant after a short standoff with police.

Officers with the LaHarpe Police Department had attempted to apprehend Steven A. Bell earlier in the afternoon when he went into a residence at 102 S. E Street in LaHarpe. After entering the residence, Bell made threats, advising he had a gun and would fire at officers if they attempted to apprehend him.

Deputies from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department and the Hamilton Police Department made entry into the residence with the owner’s permission. Bell was taken into custody without further incident.

The LaHarpe Police Department transported Bell to the Henderson County Jail to await extradition to Iowa.

Bell also was charged with possession of methamphetamine after a search revealed a syringe containing methamphetamine.

Hamilton Police, Nauvoo Police, Dallas City Police, Carthage Police, LaHarpe Police, Illinois State Police and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department all were on scene and took part in the apprehension of Bell.

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