The Latest: University: Woman freed, but standoff continues

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Posted: Jan 29, 2018 10:53 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on police responding to a "public safety situation" at a University of Minnesota hotel (all times local):

9:55 p.m.

A University of Minnesota spokesman says a woman has been released but that a standoff continues with a man holed up in a hotel room on the campus.

Spokesman Chuck Tombarge said Monday night that the woman is safe and talking to investigators.

Meanwhile, police continue their efforts at the Graduate Minneapolis Hotel where they say the man wanted on an Arizona warrant for a "white collar" crime remains in the hotel room. They haven't said whether he's armed.

The situation began early Monday when campus and Minneapolis Police Department officers went to the hotel to do a welfare check and arrest the man on the warrant.

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4:35 p.m.

Police say a standoff continues with a man holed up in a hotel room on the University of Minnesota campus, but there's only one other person in the room instead of two as police said earlier.

University of Minnesota police Chief Matt Clark says it began early Monday when campus and Minneapolis Police Department officers went to the Graduate Minneapolis Hotel to do a welfare check and arrest the man on a warrant out of Arizona for a "white collar" nonviolent crime.

Clark says police aren't disclosing whether he's armed or if they consider it a hostage situation.

He says police were still trying to persuade him to come out Monday afternoon and remained hopeful of resolving the standoff fairly soon.

The chief says the incident is confined to that part of the hotel.

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1 p.m.

Police say a man holed up in a Minneapolis hotel room on the University of Minnesota campus has two people with him.

The school issued an alert Monday morning about a "public safety situation" at the Graduate Minneapolis Hotel. Police say they've been negotiating with the man since around midnight.

Minneapolis police spokesman Scott Seroka confirmed Monday afternoon two other people are with the man in the room, but Seroka didn't describe them as hostages. Authorities have not said whether the man is armed or what led up to the incident.

No injuries have been reported.

The university closed a recreation and wellness center behind the hotel, along with some roads in the area. University spokesman Chuck Tombarge there's no direct threat to student on campus and that the hotel remains open.

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8:30 a.m.

Police at the University of Minnesota have evacuated some guests from a campus hotel, saying they're negotiating a "situation" with a person in one of the hotel's rooms.

The school issued an alert early Monday about a "public safety situation" at the Graduate Minneapolis Hotel. The school said some roads around the campus were closed, as was a campus recreation and wellness center.

University Police Chief Matt Clark says officers have been talking to a man for some time, trying to convince him to come out. Clark says no one has been hurt. He declined to provide specifics about what led to the situation, what was being discussed or how many guests were evacuated.

Clark and university officials asked students, faculty and staff to avoid the east portion of campus.