Former Columbus Man Heading To Trial For Assault, Standoff

(Columbus) A former Columbus man is heading to trial in Columbia County court for his role in a violent domestic dispute that turned into a brief standoff. Jared Allen Thurber of Mount Horeb waived his right to a preliminary hearing this week on felony charges of Strangulation and Suffocation and Taking A Vehicle Without Consent along with misdemeanor Battery and Disorderly Conduct. Columbia County deputies responded to the Thurber residence in June after a woman reported that her boyfriend had choked her and pushed her to the ground. When law enforcement arrived on scene, Thurber had reportedly fled. A second call to 911 the next morning indicated that Thurber had returned and another disturbance was taking place. Columbus Police and sheriff’s deputies returned and allegedly found the victim armed with a knife, which she eventually dropped. Thurber fled into their apartment and barricaded himself inside. After negotiations, he surrendered about one hour later. Thurber will be arraigned in March.