Standoff at Graduate Hotel near U of M enters 2nd day

- University of Minnesota officials say the standoff taking place at the Graduate Hotel has entered its second day. 

The closures around the hotel remain in place. The University Recreation and Wellness Center, the Scholars Walk, Beacon Street Southeast between Harvard and Walnut Streets and the parking lot north of the hotel remain closed. 

Police were still working to resolve the situation that started early Monday morning. Minneapolis Police would not confirm the nature of the incident, but said they have made contact an individual inside a room at the hotel and have begun a dialogue. The suspect has a warrant for their arrest from Arizona. 

It is unclear if the suspect is armed. 

On Monday at 8:30 p.m., a woman who was in the room with the suspect was released unharmed to authorities, according to MPD spokesperson Scott Seroka. She is now speaking with investigators.

U of M Police say there is no direct threat to the campus community. 

In an email to the campus community Vice President Mike Berthelsen thanked people for their cooperation.

"We recognize that the pace at which a public safety situation transpires may lead to gaps between updates or a level of detail that is limited," said Berthelsen. "We appreciate and ask for your understanding. Please know that we work hard to resolve such situations while protecting public safety."

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