Police: ‘Armed and Dangerous’ Maine Man Captured After Barricading Himself in Home With Kids

A Maine man who was considered armed and dangerous after police say he escaped Friday morning from a barricaded Buckfield home with his children inside has been captured.

Thirty-six-year-old Jason Merriam was arrested just before noon Friday on the Buckfield-Sumner town line after a search involving state police troopers and Oxford County sheriff's deputies following his escape from a standoff situation in Buckfield involving his children children -- ages 2, 3 and 5 -- inside a home on Tucker Road around 9 p.m. Thursday night.

Officers were able to gain entry to the Tucker Road home around 6:30 a.m., but discovered Merriam wasn't there. A manhunt in the immediate area turned up no result.

WCSH6 reports the children's grandparents said that Merriam has a violent history and had refused to release the children. The children have since been safetly returned to their mother.

Merriam is described as being about 5-feet 10-inches tall, weighs approximately 210 pounds, and has hazel eyes and brown hair. He's wanted for multiple domestic violence crimes and probation violations.

It's unclear if he has an attorney.

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