Standoff ends ‘peacefully,’ suspect charged in new felony warrant alleging stalking

By: 
Dave Marner
Managing Editor

Tyler K. Bailey, 32, remains jailed as of Tuesday afternoon, his cash-only bond set at $50,000 on a Franklin County felony stalking warrant issued this past Wednesday morning. By Wednesday evening he was in custody following a nearly seven-hour standoff at the Owensville Motor Inn where he barricaded himself in room 116 as deputies attempted to serve the warrant earlier in the afternoon.

Bailey has addresses in recent court documents and releases from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office including Bland, Leslie, and — most recently — “homeless.” He was staying at the motel the week prior his release Aug. 23 on a surety bond for what had been a $75,000 cash-only bond following his arrest Aug. 12. In that case, he  was charged with five felonies after allegedly assaulting his wife with a “taser” gun discharged onto her stomach at her residence in Krakow and then fleeing sheriff’s deputies during a Franklin County pursuit.

In 2019, creditors have filed suits on account three times against Bailey. He has also been charged now in three criminal cases involving allegations of stalking and assault of his estranged wife. She filed for divorce the morning he was taken into custody on the latest felony charge.

In the warrant issued against Bailey this past week, a Franklin County investigator alleges Bailey violated both the adult and child protective orders issued against him by calling and texting his estranged wife and by stopping by the school where she worked to see her.

“(Bailey) has shown he will not follow the court order, nor will he follow the law,” the probable cause statement submitted with the warrant application reads. “(Bailey) has proved he is a threat to (his wife) and is a threat to the general public due to his history of evading law enforcement.”

As part of his release on a surety bond which was reduced from a cash-only bond, Bailey was required to wear an ankle bracelet GPS monitoring device. The bonding agency told investigators the device had been tampered with. On the morning which ended in his arrest last week, Bailey is alleged to have removed the monitor between the hours of 2 and 8:30 a.m. Aug. 28 and, according to a witness, driven to his wife’s place of employment at a Catholic church school in Krakow. The witness spotted the blue Ram 1500 flatbed pickup truck owned by Bailey’s father, and driven by Bailey, near the church. 

The truck was parked behind the motel later in the day when deputies went there to serve the arrest warrant. A box of clothing was left curb side, apparently as Bailey fled back inside when deputies arrived.

Owensville police Det. Rob Green said Franklin County deputies asked him to check out reports that Bailey was staying at the motel. He confirmed Bailey was there  and maintained surveillance starting around 1 p.m. 

Franklin County deputies came  to town around 1:30 p.m. 

“He (Bailey) stepped out of the room,” said Green. “He was known to be armed and violent. There was an attempt to nab him. He ran back into the room.”

City Marshal Robert Rickerd said he was asked for, and grant permission for, Franklin County authorities to bring in their special weapons and tactics team (SWAT) to negotiate with Bailey. Members of that team began arriving through mid-afternoon and by 3:30 p.m. police vehicles blocked off a block of L&D Drive Extension near the motel. Area businesses were initially asked to shelter their employees in place. Those that were releasing workers for the day had them exit the area through the Pioneer truss and hardware store properties.

“He did communicate with SWAT and over a period of time agreed to come. And over a period of time he reneged.”

Green said Bailey had pushed the dresser up against the door. He placed the box spring and mattress across the window.

At around 6 p.m., members of the tactical unit moved forward from behind a pickup truck they had been using for cover in the parking lot and took up positions beside Bailey’s room. At one point, a team member told Bailey, “Tyler, it’s time to come out. It’s time to end this. Now.”

“Eventually, he did come out peacefully,” said Green.

Deputies recovered a 10 mm handgun and two pellet handguns along with three cellular telephones. He is alleged to have used separate phones to send harassing texts and phone calls to his wife since he was arrested earlier in August.

The warrant issued Aug. 28 by Associate Circuit Judge Stanley D. Williams  includes the handwritten order which prohibits Bailey from “access to phones and electronic devices” and from contacting his wife should he post bond. He will also be required to wear an ankle monitor if he posts bond.

The motel room was paid up through the following morning. Deputies left the truck for Bailey’s father to retrieve. Bailey spent the night in the Franklin County Adult Detention Center in Union. He has been there since then. He is not scheduled for a Division 7 court appearance before Williams until 9 a.m. Oct. 16.

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