By Bill Robinson
Senior News Writer
A body found Wednesday afternoon in a farmer’s field near Valley View was that of Angela N. Frazier Singleton, 25, who reported missing Monday, according to local investigators.
Singleton had left her Forest Hills home around 3:30 a.m. Sunday after an apparent argument with her husband, according to Trooper Chris Lanham, spokesperson for the Kentucky State Police in Richmond.
She was gone when police arrived to investigate a domestic violent report, he said. A friend had picked her up, Lanham said.
A relative reported Singleton as missing after she had not made contact with her mother on Monday, he said.
Singleton’s burned car was discovered around 11 a.m. Monday by Lexington Police near Exit 101 of Interstate 75 in Fayette County.
Because a Richmond Register reporter misinterpreted a statement by Madison County Deputy Coroner Carlos after the body’s discovery, the newspaper incorrectly reported Thursday that the coroner had ruled out the possibility of it being Singleton’s.
The Madison County Sheriff’s Office and Kentucky State Police are investigating her death as a homicide, Sheriff Jerry Combs stated in a Thursday evening news release.
Coyle on Thursday declined to say how the victim died, except to confirm that her death had been ruled a homicide
The victim’s husband, Jason Edward Singleton, 35, was taken into custody by Somerset Police on Thursday afternoon after an armed standoff there.
Combs declined to say Thursday whether the victim’s husband was a suspect in her death.
At 1:23 p.m. Thursday, Somerset Police responded to a call from Somerset Mall about a man with a gun on the premises.
When patrol units and detectives arrived at the scene, they were told the suspect had fled in a stolen Toyota SUV that had been parked behind the mall.
“At the time, we were just looking for a suspicious person who had possibly stolen a vehicle,” SPD Det. Chris Gates told the Commonwealth Journal, the Somerset newspaper. “Witnesses pointed officers in the direction of where he was going.”
Officers soon tracked the suspect to Super Service, a Somerset trucking firm, where Singleton was found holding the weapon, Gates said.
After the suspect was given several commands to put the gun down and surrender, officers launched a “less-than-lethal bean bag round” at Singleton as he allegedly tried to flee on foot.
The suspect then ran to Super Service’s orientation building, where six men were inside, according to police. Two escaped, but Singleton allegedly held the others at gunpoint.
Super Service president Roger Waddle confirmed that four people were taken hostage by the suspect.
“Police surrounded the building,” said Waddle. “One of our orientation guys (Jeff Souders) was trying to calm (Singleton) down.”
After approximately 15 minutes, according to Waddle, the suspect said he’d “had enough” and decided to let the hostages go.
The SPD Hostage Negotiation Team was deployed and made telephone contact with the suspect, who requested to speak to police chief.
Acting Chief Doug Nelson was able to persuade him to surrender peacefully, and Singleton was taken into custody.
Except for the bean bag round, no shots were fired in the incident, Nelson told the Somerset newspaper. Waddle said none of his employees were hurt.
“They’re fine, but they’re a little shook up,” Waddle said of the four who had been held hostage. “It was pretty intense for a while, because we didn’t know what the guy was going to do.”
Singleton was injured when the SUV he allegedly stole crashed near Tucker Ready Mix near Super Service, but he refused all medical treatment.
Bill Robinson can be reached at email@example.com or at 624-6622.
Chris Harris of the Commonwealth Journal contributed the Somerset portion of this story. The Richmond Register and the Commonwealth Journal are both CNHI newspapers.