Kidnapping charges for suspect in 36-hour Graduate Hotel standoff

A Woodbury man was charged with kidnapping and false imprisonment following a 36 hour police standoff at the Graduate Hotel in Minneapolis that started late Sunday night and lasted until Tuesday afternoon, according to a release from the Hennepin County Attorney's Office.

Police originally responded to the scene after getting a call from another police department with information about a man named Lincoln Bowman, who they said was suicidal and threatening to harm both himself and family members. He also had a warrant issued for his arrest from Arizona for a white-collar crime, with police finding out later that he had holed up in a hotel room on the building's sixth floor. 

When officers arrived at the door of the room they were able to hear a woman's voice coming from inside, though upon contact Bowman claimed he had a weapon he wouldn't hesitate to use should they enter.

A Minneapolis SWAT team negotiated with the 46-year-old for hours, eventually securing the woman's release Monday evening. She told investigators that the two had been dating for several months, though he began acting strangely shortly after they arrived at the hotel.

He even climbed outside the sixth-floor window for a time to get some air after officers deployed a tear gas canister, but was ultimately taken into custody after lighting several small fires inside the room. 

Bowman faces up to 20 years in prison and a $35,000 fine.


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