Reno man guilty of holding his wife hostage, faces prison

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO)-- A Reno man faces more than three decades in prison for holding his wife hostage after a jury found him guilty of second degree kidnapping and preventing or dissuading a witness, the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office said Thursday.

Donald Ray Thomas, 33, is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 17.
The case stems from Feb. 21 when Thomas was in a standoff with police on Kirman Avenue between Plumb Lane and Casazza Drive. His wife called police and said Thomas was acting irrationally and making threats.

Police arrived to find Thomas armed with a knife. He wouldn’t let his wife leave and moved her from room to room. He also battered her and wouldn’t let her talk to an emergency operator. She escaped after 90 minutes but Thomas remained barricaded inside.

The Reno Police Department special weapons and tactics team arrested him using less-than-lethal munitions and a police dog. Evidence at trial includes video of Thomas trying to grab a SWAT team member’s rifle.

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