Marczak pleads not guilty in standoff case

A man apprehended in a February police standoff in Milroy has pleaded not guilty to all charges against him, court records said.

Zachariah Steven Marczak, 35, of Milroy, appeared in Redwood County District Court on Monday. Online court records said Marczak entered not guilty pleas to charges of kidnapping, first degree burglary, making threats of violence, fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, domestic assault, obstructing legal process, and ineligible possession of a firearm. The court set a trial date for July.

Marczak ended up in a standoff with members of the regional Emergency Response Unit on Feb. 14, as they tried to get him to come out of a storage unit in Milroy. A criminal complaint filed in Redwood County District Court alleges that, the day before the standoff, Marczak blocked a person from leaving a room at his residence, while carrying a handgun. The complaint alleges Marczak later tried to flee from law enforcement on an all-terrain vehicle, and hid inside the storage unit. The Emergency Response Unit was activated because of the possibility Marczak was armed, the complaint said.

The complaint alleges law enforcement conducted two searches at Marczak’s residence, and found items including a handgun case and different types of ammunition.

At Monday’s hearing, the court set a trial date for Marczak, for July 10. A pre-trial hearing was set for June 18.

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