Man arrested after standoff near Maplewood Mall

Man arrested after standoff near Maplewood Mall Photo: KSTP-TV

February 22, 2019 10:33 AM

A man is in custody after a standoff that lasted several hours Wednesday night near the Maplewood Mall.

Police were asking people to stay out of the area, and said in a tweet that there was a barricaded subject in the area of the mall.

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In a news release, Maplewood police said officers attempted to stop an RV at about 5:10 p.m., but the driver, who police believed to have an outstanding arrest warrant, fled.

Police said a pursuit was terminated, but officers located the same RV a short time later in the 3000 block of White Bear Avenue. While attempting to make contact with the person inside the RV, police said officers were met with threats, and officers became concerned the individual may have access to deadly weapons.

Officers then backed off and secured the area, as to assure the safety of nearby shoppers, employees and passersby, and crisis negotiators and SWAT personnel were called to assist, according to police.

At about 9:30 p.m., police took 42-year-old Dennis Vann into custody. Police said he's being held on his outstanding warrant, and new charges of fleeing police in a motor vehicle and threats of violence.

Police said Vann threatened to have an improvised explosive device, which led to the St. Paul Police Bomb Squad being called. 

After all options were exhausted and Vann continued to remain erratic and uncooperative, police said an irritating gas was used to get him to surrender.

He was taken to Regions Hospital for medical evaluation, and then taken to Ramsey County Law Enforcement Center.

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