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Man accused of taking wife, children hostage


An unarmed Columbia man held his wife and two children hostage inside their apartment for more than six hours yesterday before surrendering to police outside, Howard County police said.

Philip Brigman, 38, of the 5400 block of Eliots Oak Road in Columbia's Harper's Choice village, was being held at the Howard County Detention Center in lieu of $30,000 bail yesterday, a District Court commissioner said.

He is due for a bail review hearing today at the District Court in Ellicott City on charges of assault and battery and false imprisonment.

The children, ages 3 and 5, were not injured. Mr. Brigman's wife, Joan Rhinehart, was treated for lacerations on her neck, chest and face at Howard County General and released, police said.

Police said Mr. Brigman suffered bruises and scratches during the fight with his wife.

The incident began about 3 a.m. yesterday, when Mr. Brigman returned to his home at the Fenland Field Apartments after drinking, police said. He and his wife argued, and a neighbor called police.

When officers arrived, Mr. Brigman threatened to harm the children if police came inside. About 25 officers -- including tactical officers and negotiators -- waited outside, police said.

Negotiators spoke with Mr. Brigman for more than six hours before he surrendered to police at 10:15 a.m.

Police log

Dorsey's Search: 5600 block of Columbia Road: A gray 1993 Isuzu Rodeo with Nebraska tags 59F4349 was stolen Saturday or Sunday, police said.

Wilde Lake: 5200 block of Beavertail Court: Someone entered a vacant house through a rear sliding glass door and took two garage door openers between Oct. 16 and Sunday morning, police said.

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