Armed man holds police at bay for five hours


KINGSTON – A Hurley man was being treated Monday evening at the Health Alliance Hospital in Kingston after he jumped out of a second story window at the Super 8 Motel in the city.
Dennis Stokes, 36, was armed with a gun, which he pointed at officers through an open window. He refused to surrender and threatened to shoot anyone who tried to enter room 241 where he was hold up. 
Just before 5 p.m., officers spotted smoke coming from under the door to the room and it spread quickly in the room. That is when Stokes jumped out of a window and was taken into custody.  He was taken to the hospital with the extent of his injuries unknown as of Monday evening.
Police said charges are expected to be filed at the completion of the investigation into the entire incident.
Kingston Fire Department had previously staged at the scene and immediately attended to the fire.
Assisting Kingston Police at the scene were State Police BCI, Ulster County District Attorney’s Office, Ulster County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Parole, and Mobile Life Support Services ambulance.