Gregory Rumph

A 31-year-old Kentucky man was arrested Thursday after a standoff with police in connection with an alleged vehicle theft.

Brown County Sheriff John Merchant reported that at 9:26 a.m. on Thursday, Brown County dispatch received a 911 call reporting a vehicle theft in progress south of Hiawatha on Linden Road.

Deputies, Hiawatha Police Department and Kickapoo Police Department responded and it was discovered that the suspect — Gregory Rumph, 31, of Glasgow, Ken. — was armed with a handgun.

“Law enforcement contained the area where the suspect was located, he then made contact with dispatch by calling 911,” Sheriff Merchant said. “Our dispatcher developed a rapport with the suspect and convinced him to surrender to law enforcement without incident.”

Sheriff Merchant said emergency responders were staging not far away as a precaution.

“Job well done by all agencies in diffusing this tense situation,” he commended.

Rumph was arrested on charges of felony theft, violation of a protection order and aggravated assault. Other charges are pending based on further investigation by the Brown County Sheriffs Office.

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