The Hostage Situation

Police say that years ago James Rouse took his wife Donna Lynn Rouse hostage. The situation was resolved, life went on, years go by and another town later.

Monday night James Rouse took his estranged wife hostage. Police got their call just before 8pm. Family members made contact with James Rouse by phone during the night. So did police. Nothing persuaded Rouse to come out.

Police say that Donna Rouse had opportunities during the night to escape, but she did not do so. Police became aware that James Rouse was a diabetic and there was no insulin in the apartment. They had hopes that he would pass out or become too incapacitated to continue the standoff. Morning came with the standoff still in place.

About 8am police shut off the utilities to the apartment. Tear gas and flashbangs were thrown into the apartment. About 8:30 am reporters have reported they heard two shots.

When police entered the home they found James Rouse dead from a self inflicted gunshot wound. Donna Rouse was alive, she was taken to a hospital where she later died.                     

Many times an abuse victim will say they know their spouse and they would never go “that far.” Yet you have to consider that though they know their spouse probably better than anyone, they do not know the spouse in this situation. Because every situation will differ to some extent.

Police have said that Donna Rouse had opportunities to escape during the night. And I cannot help but wonder if perhaps she thought she knew how far he would. If perhaps she may have thought this situation might be able to be resolved, the way the last one was- with both of them able to walk out. Or maybe she feared that if she escaped he would harm himself, but that if she stayed she might convince him to give himself up safely. But this was a different situation. Both situations very similiar, but with very different outcomes.

You do not know what is in someone’s head, what thoughts they may have or what they might do in a rage. And by the time you find out, it may be too late.



  1. July 31, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    I have a serious problem concerning my children in Lonoke Co. AR. Jasmine my 5 year old daughter has revealed who is beeting and sexually abusing her at Advocacy centers numerous times! This judicial system refuses to help her! They have violated federal mandiates in every investigation, lied and said medical records did not have any findings when there were physical findings of sexually abuse, ignored cases where there was a properdance of evidence and unsubstanciated the overall findings, failed to maintain a correct chain of command concerning tapes, withheld councling records and actually not even access them for their determination which they are mandiated to do. On January 3, 2006 their were physical findings of sexual abuse, they lied and said there were none; since then they haven’t conducted any medical examination’s!
    Do you suppose this is because they know it’s happening and are trying to cover-up their neglagence?
    As god is my witness this is true and I have proof of this and a lot more! PLEASE HELP

  2. July 31, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    P.S I should have pointed out now they charged me with harrassing communication’s
    for telling DHS and CACD personelle what I think of them being accessory’s and aiding and abetting. In the summons to arrest me the officer said Jasmine never disclosed in any interview! I have doccumentation where she disclosed at least six times, THANK YOU,
    Sincerelly J A T SR.

  3. Tammy said,

    February 10, 2009 at 7:09 am

    There is a place in Texas set up to assist in cases where the system fails to protect but I can’t recall the #. I had called an abuse hotline listed in the govt. section of the phone book ( not my local office) and in a similar story was told to call them. Call a hotline and ask who you can contact if you think CPS isn’t protecting your child. Otherwise go to ( maybe .org) and somewhere on those pages I saw a link to contact these people. Good luck!

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