Winona County authorities said a 35-year-old Stockton man was jailed on four initial serious felony charges Wednesday after he allegedly assaulted a 29-year-old female, threatened to kill her, and held her hostage in a Stockton residence for more than two days.
Chief Deputy Ron Ganrude said Nicholas James Meyers was cited with witness tampering, second degree assault, terroristic threats, and false imprisonment after he was apprehended at the residence Wednesday afternoon.
Meyers is being held in the Winona County Law Enforcement Center while the county attorney's office reviews the case.
Ganrude said the female managed to escape the residence early Wednesday and phoned authorities from the Winona Health emergency room about 3:30 a.m. where she was being treated for an eye injury and abrasions.
Ganrude said the woman told officers she was held in the residence starting Sunday evening and was unable to get out of bed during most of that time because of her injuries.
While she was held, Meyers is alleged to have forced her to hold a handgun with one round in it to her head and pull the trigger.
Ganrude said when the gun did not go off, Meyers is alleged to have held it to his own head pulling the trigger twice with no results.
Wednesday afternoon authorities surrounded the Stockton residence, blocked off Highway 14 for about 30-minutes, and apprehended Meyers when he came out of the home on his own.
Assisting the Sheriff's Department were Winona and Goodview Police, the county's Emergency Response Team, and the Minnesota State Patrol.