Jun 30, 2020 1:00 AM

Couple from Ohio arrested after standoff at Kan. home

Posted Jun 30, 2020 1:00 AM
Bice photo Marion Co.
Bice photo Marion Co.

MARION COUNTY—Law enforcement authorities are investigating two suspects jailed after a standoff in Marion.

Just before 6p.m. Sunday, police observed suspicious activity in the 500 block of north Cedar in Marion, according to Police Chief Clinton Jeffrey.

After watching the individuals, officers attempted to make contact. The individuals later identified as 36-year-old Matthew Bice and 38-year-old Julie Starks both of Marion, Ohio, went into the residence.

A vehicle located at the property was determined to have been stolen out of Arizona.

Officers spoke with the property owner outside the residence. The property owner cooperated and confirmed the identity of the individuals.

The property owner did not want them at the residence and was concerned for her safety if they were to remain. Police also learned Bice and Starks had numerous felony warrants, according to Jeffrey.

Officers attempted to get Bice and Starks to come out of the residence but were unsuccessful. Through information gathered it was determined that the Bice and Starks may have a firearm.

With the safety of the public, the suspects in the residence and the officers on scene in mind, authorities decided to contact the Harvey County Emergency Response Team.

Just after 8p.m., the Harvey County ERT arrived.  After several hours of attempting to contact the suspects to come out of the residence a team of officers entered the residence and took the suspects into custody without incident.

Starks photo Marion Co.
Starks photo Marion Co.

 Bice is being held on requested local charges of felony possession of stolen property and felony interference with law enforcement.  Bice was also arrested for outstanding felony warrants out of Harvey County, Kansas as well as Springfield, Missouri.

Starks is being held on requested local charges of felony interference with law enforcement. Starks was also arrested on outstanding felony warrants from Marion County and Harvey County.