MINNEAPOLIS — Police said they were negotiating Monday with a man who holed up for several hours in a hotel room on the University of Minnesota’s Minneapolis campus after officers went there to do a welfare check and arrest him on a warrant for a nonviolent “white collar” crime out of Arizona.
University of Minnesota police Chief Matt Clark said the incident at the Graduate Minneapolis Hotel began in the early hours Monday. It continued Monday night.
Clark said there was one other person in the sixth-floor room with the suspect, but he declined to say whether the suspect was armed or if police considered it a hostage situation.
Hours later, university spokesman Chuck Tombarge said a woman had been released but that the standoff continued. He said the woman was safe and talking to investigators.
An unknown number of guests were evacuated from nearby rooms as the incident continued. Although the hotel remained open, the university’s recreation and wellness center, directly behind the hotel, was closed, as well as area streets to accommodate police vehicles, Tombarge said.
“It’s just set up as a safe perimeter to prevent people from getting mixed in with police equipment,” he said.
The university said there was no direct threat to students walking to spring semester classes. But in a text and online alert early Monday, the university urged individuals to stay away from the area.