Update: New Hope Man Charged in Brooklyn Park Hotel Standoff
Charges have been filed against a New Hope man who police say caused a standoff at a Brooklyn Park hotel last Friday.
Bryan Westerlund, 31, is charged with felony possession of ammunition or a firearm and misdemeanor domestic assault–acting to cause fear or immediate bodily harm or death.
Man Arrested After Standoff May 17
Brooklyn Park police arrested Westerlund after a standoff at the La Quinta Inn, located at 7011 Northland Circle. A woman reported to police that Westerlund, a convicted felon, assaulted her and had two guns.
Brooklyn Park police say the standoff started at 3:30 a.m. Police had received a report of a suspect “believed to armed and refuses to exit his hotel room.” Authorities called it a “domestic situation.”
Police say a woman called police saying she was assaulted by her boyfriend and he was armed with two firearms. The suspect refused to come out of the room. Westerlund previously served time for robbery, burglary and drug crimes. Due to the suspect’s criminal history, police decided to evacuate the hotel.
“He had a history of threatening the police and himself so that’s why some precautions like the SWAT Team and crisis negotiations were called out,” said Mark Bruley, deputy chief with the Brooklyn Park Police Department.
The suspect finally surrendered around 9:20 a.m. and those staying at the hotel were able to return to their rooms. No one was injured during the ordeal.