A standoff at a Brooklyn Park hotel ended peacefully after more than six hours Friday when a man suspected of assaulting his girlfriend surrendered to police.
Officers took the 31-year-old man into custody about 9:50 a.m., ending the ordeal that forced some guests to be evacuated from the La Quinta Inn at 7011 Northland Circle just off Interstate 94/694 and Boone Avenue, said Deputy Chief Mark Bruley.
Events unfolded about 3:30 a.m. when a woman ran from her second-floor room to the front desk and reported that her boyfriend had assaulted her and that he was holed up in the room with several guns. It was not clear if she or a hotel employee called police, Bruley said.
The woman was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, he said.
Police, crisis negotiators and a SWAT team went to the room and the suspect was “uncooperative,” Bruley said.
The suspect finally gave in and opened the door. The man was arrested and was expected to be charged late Friday or by Monday, Bruley said.
Police executed a search warrant and collected evidence, but Bruley was unable to say if that included guns.
The victim and the suspect had been staying at the hotel for “quite some time,” but it was not immediately known why.
The suspect, whose last known address was in New Hope, has previous convictions for drug possession, motor vehicle theft, aggravated robbery, making terroristic threats, drunken driving and burglary.
The Star Tribune generally does not name suspects until they are charged.