MINNEAPOLIS - A Woodbury man who held off police for more than 36 hours at a hotel has been charged with kidnapping.
Lincoln Bowman, 46, also was charged with false imprisonment in the incident that began about 11:30 p.m. Sunday and lasted until Tuesday afternoon.
According to the criminal complaint, Minneapolis police received a call from another police department saying that Bowman was suicidal, threatening to harm family members and had an out-of-state warrant. They indicated they thought he was at 615 Washington Ave. N., the Graduate Hotel at The University of Minnesota.
The complaint states Bowman refused to open the door for officers and indicated he was armed, would hurt any officer who came through the door and that he would set the hotel on fire. Police could also hear the voice of a woman inside.
The Special Weapons and Tactics team was brought in and began negotiating with Bowman. At about 8:20 p.m. Monday, the woman was able to leave the room. With Bowman alone, police ultimately decided to fire tear gas into the room, break down the door and arrest him, the complaint states.
The woman told police that she has dated Bowman for several months and Sunday night they decided to get a room at the hotel but he began acting strangely. Charges state he took her cell phone and would not let her leave the room or even go to the bathroom without him watching.
Bowman is expected to make his first court appearance Friday.