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Terry Stone, who owns the home at 2810 Fourth St. in La Grande, discusses the police standoff that occurred at his home Sunday. Two people wanted by the police for parole and probation violations, Johnathan Snyder, and his wife, Kendrah Snyder, were in the home and refused to come out until being coaxed out after four hours. CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer
by DICK MASON / The Observer
Terry Stone arrives home from trip to police standoff at his Fourth Street home on Sunday
Terry Stone, who had just returned to La Grande from a trip to Stanfield, was perplexed Sunday evening when he tried to drive up to his home at 2810 Fourth St.
The street to his house was closed by police.
“I thought, ‘What is all the commotion about?’” Stone said. “I’m hungry, I want to go home.”
Moments later, Stone received the shock of a lifetime, learning that his home was the center of the commotion.
“They told me, ‘There is a situation at your house,’” Stone recalled on Tuesday.
About 25 law enforcement officers, including members of the Northeast Oregon Regional SWAT team, had surrounded the house Stone resides in. Two people wanted by the police for parole and probation violations, Johnathan Snyder and his wife, Kendrah Snyder, were in the home and had refused to come out. The SWAT team had been called in because it had been reported that there was at least one gun inside.
“It was quite a scene. It is something you only see on TV,” Stone said.
The Snyders were coaxed out of the home about the time Stone arrived and were then arrested. Stone and his girlfriend, Judy Lambert, who owns the Fourth Street house, had let the Snyders spend Saturday night in their home.
“We were just trying to help them,” said Stone, who is a friend of Johnathan Snyder’s father.
Lambert was not in the home at the time the standoff started.
The run up to the incident started at about 4 p.m. when Johnathan Snyder was spotted by police near Greenwood Elementary School and then ran from police back to the home of Lambert and Stone. The house was surrounded by La Grande police officers, Union County Sheriff officers and Oregon State Police troopers around 4:45 p.m.
The Snyders surrendered peacefully to police at 8 p.m. Police told Stone they were going to search his house for the gun or guns the Snyders reportedly had brought in.
“Not a problem, I’m concerned about that to,” Stone said he told the police.
The police did not find any firearms in the home.
Stone said he is a little upset about what happened because he tried to help two people down on their luck.
“I don’t mind helping but when I get this in return, I don’t want to help,’’ Stone said.
Stone said the trouble Johnathan Snyder has gotten himself into is unfortunate.
“I feel bad for the kid. He is a good kid but makes some bad decisions,” Stone said.
Stone said he will probably help the Snyders again.
“I’ll help anybody if I can. You can’t give up on people,” Stone said.
Stone noted that the Snyders have a young child and that he wants to do what he can to help their family stay together.
“I don’t want to see the kid grow up without a dad,” he said.