State Police Hostage Negotiator Seizes Control of Knife-Holding Man

CHOCTAW, AR - A state police spokesman says a man who held his ex-wife and their 4-year-old daughter at knifepoint in the cab of a pick-up truck all day was arrested after a state police hostage negotiator "secured" the man and he was disarmed.  State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said the standoff on the parking lot of the Choctaw post office south of Clinton lasted from the pre-dawn hours yesterday morning until about 6 o'clock last night.

Sadler said 30-year-old Jeffrey Pearson of Clinton is being held in the Van Buren County Jail at Clinton on a kidnapping charge.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)