Man arrested after standoff in Maplewood charged with felonies

Dennis Duane Vann Photo: Ramsey County
Dennis Duane Vann

February 22, 2019 12:49 PM

A man taken into custody after a standoff near the Maplewood Mall that lasted several hours Wednesday night has been charged with threats of violence and fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

The charges against 42-year-old Dennis Duane Vann were filed Friday in Ramsey County. Both charges are felonies.

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In a news release, Maplewood police said officers attempted to stop an RV at about 5:10 p.m. Wednesday, 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 on 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.

The criminal complaint alleges Vann told officers he wasn't going to jail, and that he said "two people would die today" if they attempted to remove him from the vehicle.

According to the release, 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.

The criminal complaint alleges that when Vann was asked by officers if he had any weapons with him, he responded by saying he had a "great big boom."

According to the complaint, officers recovered a device from the RV shaped like a pig with the words "(expletive) the police" written on it.

The complaint alleges the device "held an energetic powder and appears to be an explosive device." But it states that further testing is required to determine whether or not it would qualify as an explosive device under Minnesota law.

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