Chesterfield man accused of holding son hostage, curses at judge

Posted at 7:30 AM, Jul 18, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-18 15:52:59-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va (WTVR) - A Chesterfield judge threatened to hold a suspect involved in an overnight standoff in contempt after the man used a curse word during a morning hearing.

Gregory Moore, 45, went before Judge Ned Mikula in Chesterfield Juvenile and Domestic Relations on misdemeanor charges of assault and battery of a family member and unlawful use of a telephone line.

When Judge Mikula asked Moore if he understood what was happening, Moore blurted out “that’s all bull****.”  During the pre-trial, Moore was appointed attorney Terry Gryder for representation.

The morning hearing capped an eventful evening for Moore who, according to police, held a child hostage during an hours-long standoff with police.

Chesterfield Major Terry Patterson said it all started as a domestic dispute at a

Gregory Moore Mugshot (from Chesterfield County Police Department)

home in the 5300 block of South Belmont Road off Chippenham Parkway near the Chesterfield County and Richmond line. 

Around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday a woman went to the magistrate's office to report her husband had assaulted her, according to county detectives. In doing so, she left her one-year-old son with her husband at the home.

Less than two hours later, a warrant was issued for Moore.  However when police went to serve the warrant, investigators said Moore refused to come outside.

A negotiator and Dominion Virginia Power were called to the scene.  Major Patterson told CBS 6 it is protocol to cut off power, if necessary.  Police said they were prepared to take extreme measures because the child was still inside the house.

"We did treat it as a hostage situation because of the child in the house," said Major Patterson.  "We still felt we had plenty of time to talk with him and he was talking with us, so that was a big help.  And the negotiators were successful in convincing him to giving himself up and turning the child over."

Moore surrendered around 3:00 a.m Wednesday.  During Wednesday's hearing Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney B.J. McGee asked the judge to deny Moore bond, saying he was uncooperative with pre-trial services and was a danger to his family.  Moore will remain in jail for now. His next court date is set for September 12.