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Feds charge Superior man involved in Superior standoff

A man involved in a 2-hour standoff with Superior police has been taken into federal custody. Kenneth Irving Askew, 33, made his initial appearance Monday in federal court on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. That same day, s...

A man involved in a 2-hour standoff with Superior police has been taken into federal custody.

Kenneth Irving Askew, 33, made his initial appearance Monday in federal court on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. That same day, state charges in the case were dropped.

?When we did not resolve the case locally the federal jurisdiction was ready to get involved,? said Douglas County District Attorney Dan Blank.

A complaint has been filed in the case, said Steve Sinnott, first assistant U.S. attorney. An arraignment for Askew has been set for Nov. 14, contingent on a grand jury indictment being handed down.

?"It is my understanding he may be considered an armed career criminal,"? Blank said, in which case Askew faces a mandatory minimum 15-year prison sentence.

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The Minneapolis man is accused of holding a woman and her children against their will with a shotgun the morning of July 8.

After a porch struggle in which Askew lost possession of the gun, the woman and children fled the home. On her way to the back door, the woman said she hid the gun under the kitchen sink.

The house was surrounded by police, and Askew was arrested following the standoff.

Superior Police Officer Joel Markon testified at a preliminary hearing that a search of the home turned up an illegal short-barreled shotgun under the kitchen sink. It was loaded with four bullets.

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