Man behind bars after standoff with police

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GRAND LEDGE, Mich. (WILX) -- A man who was wanted for escaping police is sitting behind bars waiting to appear in court.

Grand Ledge Police arrested Robert Toth on Tuesday afternoon following a standoff in a box truck. Lansing Township police say he escaped from them after they tried to arrest him for assault Monday morning.

"Its crazy, yeah, it does seem like its a really big deal. I'm kind of surprised that this type of thing would go down here in such a small town," Jared Shaw, who witnessed part of the standoff said.

Shaw lives just a down the street from where the standoff happened. He got there just after Toth went out the window of a home and ran from officers. He barricaded himself inside this box truck.

"It looked like there was a bunch of cars showing up, Police cars, they had the SWAT vehicle out back here. It looked like they were actually bringing him some food. I'm not sure what was going on there," Shaw said.

Police say Toth told them he had a gun and was prepared to shoot. Shaw and others watching heard loud noises coming from the truck.

"We heard a lot of flashbangs going on and a lot of hollering going on," Shaw said.

A state police emergency support team talked with Toth until he gave up. He was taken into custody without incident after about two and a half hours.

"These guys have the training to deal with it. And as we've seen since January this year with all of the officer involved shootings with persons that as a result of the shooting didn't want to live any longer. So our officers take the appropriate actions that they have to take," Tom DeClercq of Michigan State Police said.

Police say Toth did not actually have a gun. Witnesses told News 10 Toth still had a handcuff around one wrist from the attempt to arrest him Monday.