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Man Arrested on Armed Robbery and Child Abduction Charges

Law Enforcement surrounded a Holiday Lodge motel room yesterday (Monday) morning where a father who was also wanted for an armed robbery out of Placer County was attempting to conceal his 3 year old son. Nevada County Sheriff’s Captain Jeff Powell says 34 year old Jacob Sigfried is a suspect in a pistol whipping armed robbery in Placer County that occurred Sunday. The Captain says Sigfried was also wanted for child abduction in Nevada County. He had taken the child from the mother’s Penn Valley Home on August 26th and was supposed to return the child 2 days later, but never did.   Powell said Grass Valley Police and Sheriff’s Deputies were concerned about the safety of the child who was found in the East Main Street Motel.

“He had also been making telephone threats to his ex-wife and at one point he threatened to do harm to the child. He had taken the child out of state, which was a violation of a court order. The main thing we were concerned about was the child’s safety.”

Captain Powell said Sigfried was not aware that law enforcement had surrounded the motel room.

“Our main thing is that we were concerned about the child’s safety and the fact that he probably had a pistol. So we had our SWAT team and our negotiators together and we had no intentions of busting into the room that they were in for the safety of the child. So we just waited it out and eventually Sigfried came out and we took him into custody without incident.”

When the suspect walked outside the motel room with the child in his arms, he was taken into custody by a SWAT team before he knew what happened. Placer County detectives will be searching the motel room looking for the handgun used in the armed robbery. The three year old was returned to his mother safely. The suspect was booked into the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility on a variety of charges.

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