LA MARQUE — The woman who held police at bay for six hours on Wednesday as she held a gun at her husband now faces kidnapping charges. 

Loretta Nipp, 73, is charged with aggravated kidnapping and was booked into jail on Friday.

Nipp was held on $40,000 bond.

La Marque police were called to the Nipps house in the 1700 block of Hawthorne at about 10 a.m. on Wednesday, after the woman’s brother-in-law called police and told them that his 77-year-old brother Harrom Nipp called to say his wife had a gun and would not let him leave the house. Police closed off the street, evacuated neighboring houses and called in Texas City’s SWAT as negotiators tried to get the woman to let her husband come out.

It wasn’t until the woman’s attorney arrived at about 4 p.m. did she agree to release her husband and give up. Police said the couple had gotten into a financial disagreement before the standoff started. 

Harrom Nipp was unharmed during the incident.

Police said they recovered a handgun used by Loretta Nipp to hold her husband hostage.  

She was initially taken to an undisclosed hospital for a mental evaluation and was released Friday afternoon.

“It was upon her release that she was found to be fit for incarceration and was taken into police custody,” La Marque detective Sgt. Shawn Spruill said.

While police have no records of any other calls to the house for criminal or mental health calls, Spruill said family members told police that the woman had “mental health” issues recently and that she had also threatened to shoot her husband.

Spruill said police could not confirm how serious or in what context those reported threats were made.

Nipp was transferred to the Galveston County jail at about 5:30 p.m. 

Contact Mainland Editor T.J. Aulds at 409-683-5334 or


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