ST. CLOUD, Minn. - St. Cloud police blocked traffic in a north St. Cloud neighborhood for more than two hours Tuesday as they attempted to arrest a man who was wanted by the Department of Corrections.
The standoff started when St. Cloud police spotted a 26-year-old man who was wanted on a warrant for a felony narcotics probation violation, and pulled over the SUV he was in.
He did not follow officer directions, instead holing up in the vehicle near Third Street and 23rd Avenue North in St. Cloud around 5:15 p.m. According to police, he at one point claimed to be a member of a sovereign nation and refused to leave the vehicle.
The Department of Corrections warrant noted that the man was known to have access to weapons, according to St. Cloud police.
Police blocked traffic around 5:20 p.m. and advised residents to avoid the area, then positioned the department's armored vehicle next to the suspect's SUV to block its path. Another police vehicle blocked the SUVs tail. St. Cloud SWAT members and negotiators responded.
Officers had their guns drawn at several points during the standoff, during which police passed a phone or radio to the people inside the SUV in order to talk with them. Police advised nearby residents to stay inside, preferably in basements..
More than 10 police vehicles were on the scene, including two armored trucks, several squad cars and multiple unmarked vehicles. A canine unit was on the scene, as were officers from Waite Park police, Stearns County and Benton County sheriff's departments.
Police negotiated with the man for 2.5 hours until he and his companion gave themselves up around 7:30 p.m.