Standoff in my neighbourhood

Nothing like waking up and heading to work to see police cars blocking off both ends of my block. Not much information is available, but there was a burglary last night, and this morning, the suspect took hostages in a townhouse near 25th and 3rd, and the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts. WCCO reports that the hostages have been released, but the suspect is still armed and holed up. The SWAT team is on site, but hasn’t moved on the suspect yet.

I left to come to work at about 9:30 this morning, pulled the scooter out and turned north, saw the squad car blocking off that end, turned around and saw three cars blocking off that end. What to do, what to do. I went north, and the police let me exit the area, but they weren’t letting anyone back in. I normally have my clock radio tuned to Jazz88, which has news regularly throughout the morning, but today I had it turned off. I wonder how quickly I would’ve woken up this morning hearing on the news that there was a SWAT team facing down a hostage less than a block away from my apartment. How long would it have taken my waking brain to process that information and would I have decided to just stay inside than to venture out on the scooter?

5 Comments so far

  1. Wes (blackhorsewz) on April 15th, 2008 @ 10:21 am

    That would just be a normal day on the north side!


  2. Hannah Valentine (minn_hannah) on April 15th, 2008 @ 3:44 pm

    Huh… Husband and I were biking to work this morning, and I saw that too, around 8:45 AM or so (I figure I live about two blocks away from ya, heh). Oddly enough, I’d completely forgotten about it until I just saw this.


  3. David (jacc) on April 15th, 2008 @ 8:11 pm

    Was this resolved? I check the news quickly and didn’t see anything related.


  4. Hannah Valentine (minn_hannah) on April 16th, 2008 @ 12:31 pm

    The Strib posted a bit about it late last night:

    The incident began about 5 a.m., when the 30-year-old suspect allegedly fired shots during a burglary attempt at a residence on the 3100 block of 2nd Avenue S. He left in a vehicle without gaining access to the home, Sgt. William Palmer said.

    About an hour later, a woman inside a townhouse in the 300 block of E. 25th Street, two blocks east of the museum, called 911 for help.

    Police spotted a vehicle outside matching the description of the one seen at the burglary attempt.

    Two women and two children came out about 9 a.m. It was not clear whether they were released by the suspect or left on their own. The suspect remained inside until SWAT team personnel were able to talk him into surrendering about 10:25 a.m., Palmer said.


  5. Hannah Valentine (minn_hannah) on April 16th, 2008 @ 12:32 pm

    The Strib had a bit on it:

    The incident began about 5 a.m., when the 30-year-old suspect allegedly fired shots during a burglary attempt at a residence on the 3100 block of 2nd Avenue S. He left in a vehicle without gaining access to the home, Sgt. William Palmer said.

    About an hour later, a woman inside a townhouse in the 300 block of E. 25th Street, two blocks east of the museum, called 911 for help.

    Police spotted a vehicle outside matching the description of the one seen at the burglary attempt.

    Two women and two children came out about 9 a.m. It was not clear whether they were released by the suspect or left on their own. The suspect remained inside until SWAT team personnel were able to talk him into surrendering about 10:25 a.m., Palmer said.



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