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7-hour standoff in NW Rochester, ends in surrender

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- After keeping a neighborhood on alert for much of the night, a standoff situation in Northwest Rochester ended safely this morning. A call came in, just after 2:00 AM, for a domestic on the 2,000 block of 18 1/2 street, but that was only the beginning.

What started out as a routine domestic call quickly turned into anything but, when a stand-off began.

"She said that she had been physically assaulted as well as threatened with a knife," said Rochester Police Department Lt. Dan Muyres.

Authorities said 43 year-old Falon Northrop had used physical force on his girlfriend.

"She also said the assailant, who was her live-in boyfriend had some guns and was threatening to get the guns and shoot people," stated Lt. Muyres.

Authorities said a small child and the victim were able to escape through a window and were taken to a local hospital with physical injuries.During the nearly 7-hour standoff, nearby residents say they were told to take cover.

"At 5 AM, our doorbell was ringing. So, we went to check. There was a fully dressed military looking guy. He told us to take everybody and go downstairs and stay there, until further notice," said neighbor, Suzie Mwarabu.

Around 7:45 AM,  authorities brought a phone to the house for negotiations, but all attempts to get in contact with Northrop were unsuccessful. Finally, around 9 o'clock he surrendered.

"Basically they found him in the garage as they were securing that and just verbally had him come out of the garage, he came out without a fight, cooperated," said Rochester Police Department, Lt. Casey Moilanen.

Northrop is facing multiple charges. Lt. Moilanen said they would have waited, even if it meant days, as long as Northrop surrendered and authorities were kept safe.

"If there's no hostages, no body else that could get hurt, there's no reason to force the issue most of the time," stated Lt. Moilanen.

Sunset Terrace Elementary School was put on a two hour delay because of the standoff. The classes got underway at 11:00 this morning. Police said students were never in any danger


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