Police find man who threatened to harm 8-month-old hiding in cabinets

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Platteville police said an incident involving a man barricaded inside a home with an 8-month-old child ended peacefully Thursday afternoon.

The incident happened at a house on Water Street at Furnace Street, police said.

Around 9 a.m., Platteville police received a report of a domestic violence incident where the victim was kicked and strangled, according to a release. Police were told 23-year-old Douglas Forbes Jr. had also assaulted the victim in the past.

The victim told police Forbes was watching her 8-month-old son while she was at work, and that she was supposed to pick up the child during a normal child exchange time later Thursday afternoon, according to the release. There was no indication that the child was in any immediate danger.

Police planned on talking with Forbes when the child was safely back with its mother, but when Forbes found out police were involved, he threatened to harm himself and the child, officials said.

Platteville police talked with someone inside the home, who was not cooperative and lied about who was inside the residence, according to the release. The person then hung up the phone and didn’t answer it when police called back.

Officers made entry into the home, and Forbes was taken into custody, along with another person who police later determined was not involved, authorities said. The 8-month-old child was found safe and unharmed, and was returned to the mother.

Platteville Police Chief Doug McKinley said Forbes was hiding in cabinets and would not come out until the house was thoroughly searched. McKinley also said Forbes was the not the child’s father.

Platteville High School Principal Timothy Engh said police asked the school at 1:30 p.m. to lock down because of “a situation in the community.” Engh said all the schools in the district locked down.

He said the school was asked to stay on exterior lockdown, which meant nobody was allowed in or out of the school, until 3:25 p.m. Engh said police told the school that students could be released at 3:25 p.m. The lockdown was lifted around 3:15 p.m.

McKinley said the two men inside the house were not armed, but officers believe there were weapons inside the house.

Charges against Forbes are pending.