Suspect in Anoka ‘hostage situation’ taken into custody

Robbery suspect standoff


A man was arrested Wednesday night after an armed standoff in Blaine.

Blaine police say a man was caught shoplifting from the Walmart on Ball Road Northeast on Tuesday night. However, when he was stopped by the store’s loss prevention staff, he pulled out a gun and made threats, then left the scene.

Investigators were able to identify and find that man Wednesday and went with several other agencies to arrest him in the parking lot of a business in the 600 block of East River Road in Anoka.

When law enforcement tried to arrest him, police say the man started ramming multiple squad vehicles. Authorities were able to trap his vehicle but then learned his girlfriend was also in the vehicle with him.

The man was holding a gun and refused to cooperate, saying he was holding a hostage, Blaine police added.

After several hours, the man agreed to cooperate and was arrested without incident at around 10:45 p.m.

Police say the man’s girlfriend wasn’t hurt, nor were any law enforcement officers.

The man was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries before being booked at the Anoka County jail on multiple offenses.

As of Thursday morning, the man hadn’t been formally charged and, therefore, wasn’t publicly identified by police.