A woman reported that a man held a knife to her throat Monday morning in the kitchen of the First United Methodist Church at 100 E. Second St. in Aberdeen.
The woman, who is employed at the church, told Aberdeen police that she confronted the man after she found him looking in kitchen cabinets.
“He picked up a weapon and held it to her throat,” Lt. Kevin Darst wrote in a news release. “She was able to talk him into going outside, where she got away and then the police arrived.”
The woman dialed 911 at 6:33 a.m.
“An Aberdeen officer tried to make contact with the suspect, but the suspect slashed at him with the knife, barely missing the officer,” Darst wrote. “The suspect barricaded himself in the church.”
Officers were able to talk the 21-year-old Montesano man into surrendering, and he was taken into custody and transported to jail.
“It was learned that the suspect made very strange statements while he was in the church, and he will be seen by a mental health counselor,” Darst wrote.