PLYMOUTH, Minn. (KMSP) - It was a terrifying ordeal for some along Black Oaks Lane North as heavily armed law enforcement descended on their neighborhood in Plymouth, Minnesota.
Streets were locked down and several homes were evacuated as police attempted to contain a potentially heavily-armed man threatening suicide Sunday night. The standoff continued into the early morning hours.
At one point the man, identified as Matthew Tieva, somehow escaped his house.
Authorities told Fox 9 Tieva finally surrendered to police about a block away around 10:20 a.m., some 14 hours after the initial 911 call.
No one at the Tieva home commented on Monday and neighbors said they were too shaken to speak on camera.
It turns out federal prosecutors recently filed suit against Matthew and his wife Jessie Conners Tieva - a former contestant on Donald Trump’s “Apprentice” - for a massive fraud scheme.
Charges allege the couple’s company, Sellers Playbook, which focuses on helping entrepreneurs make money by moving merchandise on Amazon, was instead ripping people off in a scheme that reached $15 million.
The suit alleges that the Tievas made “false and unsubstantiated” claims of riches to be had.
Court documents show the Tievas' assets were frozen as the couple’s plight was picked up multiple media outlets.
What role the mounting pressures might have played in Matthew Tieva’s wellbeing remains unclear. Once he surrendered, he was taken to the hospital on a health check. It is unclear if charges will be filed.