12-plus hour standoff ends in arrest of Ishpeming man


For The Daily News

ISHPEMING – An alleged incident of domestic violence and home invasion Monday turned into a more than 12-hour standoff after a 33-year-old Ishpeming man refused to come out of his girlfriend’s home.

Police said they were originally called to a residence on the 1800 block of Hewitt Street in Ishpeming on a report of domestic violence. Officers spoke to the alleged victim outside the house; she told them that her boyfriend had entered the house without permission and assaulted her. She said he had been drinking and making statements about killing people.

Police said they were also advised that there were several guns in the domicile and that the suspect may have been suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Police took the woman away from the residence and, after trying unsuccessfully to make contact with the man inside, established a perimeter and requested a Michigan State Police Emergency Services Team. After police obtained a warrant for first-degree home invasion, use of the EST was approved. Its members were at an annual training session in downstate Dundee and had to be flown to the U.P. Additionally, an armored vehicle drove 750 miles to assist.

Early Tuesday morning, once the team was in place and the armored vehicle approached the home, the man came out and was arrested without incident.

The suspect is lodged at the Marquette County Jail on the first-degree home invasion charge, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.

Bond has been set at $10,000 cash.

The man’s name will not be released until his arraignment in Ishpeming District Court.

Ishpeming police were assisted at the scene by the Negaunee and Ishpeming Township police departments, the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office and MSP.