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Suspect in Marion standoff could face kidnapping charges

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While charges have not been filed in Monday's standoff in Marion, the Turner County Sheriff said the suspect could be charged with kidnapping.

Jason Mandler, 32, was taken into custody late Monday night after a nearly 13 hour standoff in the small town of Marion. Turner County Sheriff Byron Nogelmeier said Mandler is not facing charges for the standoff, yet, because he is being held at the South Dakota State Penitentiary for violating his parole.

However, Nogelmeier said charges from Turner County could be filed later this week and Mandler could be facing kidnapping charges.

The standoff was the result of a police chase that started Sunday night. Sheriff Nogelmeier said at 9 am Monday Mandler's mother alerted police the suspect was at his grandmother's home in Marion. Only after law enforcement agents fired pepper spray, Mandler finally surrendered after 10:00 pm.

The standoff comprised many state and local law enforcement agencies from the Division of Criminal Investigation, Turner County Sheriff's Deputies and to the Sioux Falls SWAT team. Nogelmeier said there is a cost to every agency that was there, but he said in situations like this Christmas Eve standoff safety is more of a priority.

"I'm always conscious of cost, but on deals like this you take the safety of everybody-- whether it's the suspect, the hostage or the officers-- in mind," Nogelmeier said.

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