An attempt by Indiana State Police to carry out a theft investigation Friday afternoon ended in a nearly six-hour standoff on Madison’s hilltop and the arrest of eight people, state police reported late Saturday.

Indiana State Police went to 130 Taft Drive about 6 p.m. While at the residence, a Madison man fled into an apartment, which began the standoff. Other individuals who were in the apartment ultimately surrendered peacefully to troopers and were arrested on various charges.

A news release from State Police Sgt. Stephen Wheeles said the investigation began when Trooper Andrew Garrett took a report of a theft from Deputy, Indiana. on Feb. 7. The theft investigation led him and other officers to the 130 Taft Drive address.

Officers approached four people of interest outside the residence about 6 p.m. One of the men, identified as Joshua M. Moreno, 39, of Madison, fled and entered an apartment at that address. Police soon learned that at least four people were being held in the apartment against their will by Moreno and that numerous other individuals were in the apartment.

Indiana State Police SWAT Team and hostage negotiators arrived and a search warrant was obtained for the apartment.

About 10 p.m., four individuals were released from the apartment. About midnight, all of the remaining individuals left the apartment and surrendered to law enforcement.

Eight individuals were arrested on various charges and taken to the Jefferson County Jail where they are being held pending court appearances.

Those arrested and their charges include:

Joshua M. Moreno, 39, Madison, on four counts of kidnapping, four counts of criminal confinement, burglary and resisting law enforcement;

Jeremy Mikesell, 31, Madison, on parole violation warrant, possession of paraphernalia and receiving stolen property;

Devan L. Hall, 33, Madison, on receiving stolen property;

Olivia D. Gayle, 19, Madison, on assisting a criminal, resisting law enforcement and possession of paraphernalia;

Dahlila A. Jester, 20; Rylee P. Mahoney, 22; Robert E. McGaughey,31; Ezra M. Engle, 18, all of Madison, on assisting a criminal and resisting law enforcement.

Indiana State Police were assisted by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, Madison Police Department, Indiana Conservation Officers, Indiana State Parole Officers, and King’s Daughter’s EMS.