An Exeter man was arrested on July 7 after a brief standoff with police holding two family members at knifepoint.

Robert Wayne Clark, 38, of Exeter refused to release his wife and child from the home in the 19000 block of Avenue 300 for 35 minutes.

Six Sheriff deputies responded to the domestic disturbance call at about noon on July 7. Clark had locked his family members in a backroom and threatened their lives with a knife. No one was injured and the situation was resolved before the SWAT team arrived.

Clark was taken into custody and is being held on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats, spousal battery, resisting arrest, brandishing a deadly weapon, child cruelty and false imprisonment.

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