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Standoff suspect arraigned in ER

July 09, 2009|Times Staff and Wire Reports

An advertising executive taken from his burning home after he allegedly held his ex-wife hostage during a daylong police standoff was arraigned in a Hartford emergency room.

Richard Shenkman, 60, was shackled to his bed as Judge Brad Ward set bond at $12.5 million, defense attorney Hugh Keefe said. Shenkman allegedly kidnapped ex-wife Nancy Tyler and, after she escaped, set the house ablaze. He is being treated for smoke inhalation.

He faces charges of kidnapping, arson, reckless endangerment and illegal discharge of a weapon.

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