Custody dispute leads to man's arrest

Gloria Heredia By Gloria Heredia

June 18, 2017 at 9:58 p.m.
Updated June 19, 2017 at 7 a.m.

Victoria County Sheriff T. Michael O'Conner, left, and Chief Deputy Roy Boyd walk together after responding to a hostage situation in the 100 block of Blake Street.

Victoria County Sheriff T. Michael O'Conner, left, and Chief Deputy Roy Boyd walk together after responding to a hostage situation in the 100 block of Blake Street.   NICOLAS GALINDO/NGALINDO@VICAD.COM for The Victoria Advocate

A 37-year-old Victoria man was arrested on two charges of aggravated assault of a police officer after a standoff involving parental custody Sunday night.

Victoria County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to the 100 block of Blake Street around 7 p.m. Sunday over a child custody issue.

Officials said Jereme Paul Nesloney , 37, had his children during the weekend but refused to return them to their mother Sunday evening.

Sheriff T. Michael O’Connor said when deputies arrived at the house, Nesloney pulled out a knife, and when the deputy walked toward the house, he slammed the door and barricaded himself in the house.

“The father allowed the children to come out as if they were going with their mother, but once he saw deputies on location, he retreated back to the house with the children, and then the barricade situation started,” O’Connor said.

Negotiators talked to the man, and he eventually released the children from the house.

“We negotiated with the man on the phone, and we were able to have an excellent ending to the situation, allowing the daughters to come out first,” O’Connor said.

The children were checked out by the emergency medical service and had no injuries.

“They were very brave young ladies. They were communicating with our negotiator,” O’Connor said. “They kept great composure for being children.”

Debora Baisden, 56, has lived next door to the home for seven years. She said she had never seen anything like this before.

She said she heard when the door was slammed and when deputies broke into the house.

The incident lasted more than two and a half hours.

She said around 7 p.m., she saw at least five sheriff’s vehicles. An hour later, those five turned into about 25-plus the tactical vehicles and a Texas Parks and Wildlife vehicle.

“I am glad the babies are OK. That’s all that mattered,” Baisden said.

This story was updated June 21, 2017 to correct the spelling of Jereme Paul Nesloney's name


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