Grand Island police, working on information from the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office, arrested a man accused of holding two people hostage and beating them with a baseball bat.

Joel Watermeier, 49, was considered very dangerous, the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office said. He was arrested without incident Wednesday evening, Sheriff Terry Wagner said.

Lincoln police believe he beat two friends with a baseball bat, bound them with duct tape and held them at their home near 44th and Calvert streets on Sept. 19, refusing to let them go to the hospital until dark. Both victims suffered serious facial injuries, police said.

A warrant for Watermeier's arrest listed charges of first-degree assault, first-degree false imprisonment and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony.

Watermeier served 10 years in prison for running his car into Lancaster County sheriff's deputies near Conestoga Lake in 2002. He was shot during the incident, and had a bullet fragment lodged in his head.

"He's a bad guy," Wagner said last month.

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