New Hope Man Arrested After Brooklyn Park Hotel Standoff
Brooklyn Park police arrested 31-year-old Bryan Westerland of New Hope after a standoff at the La Quinta Inn. A woman reported to police that Westerland, a convicted felon, assaulted her and had two guns.
Standoff Started at 3:30 a.m.
Brooklyn Park police say the standoff at La Quinta Inn, located at 7011 Northland Circle, 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, 31-year-old Bryan Westerlund of New Hope, 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. Westerlund is expected to be charged with second-degree assault, among other possible charges.