1 in custody after standoff at Grand Rapids cellphone store

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — One person is in custody after an altercation that led to a man barricading himself inside a cellphone store in Grand Rapids Saturday, police say.

It happened around 11:40 a.m. on Kalamazoo Avenue near 44th Street.

Grand Rapids police say they initially responded to the area for an altercation between two people where weapons may have been involved.

After the altercation, one of the individuals crossed the street and entered a Boost Mobile cellphone store. Police said the man was frantic and upset, so employees and customers left the business safely.

The man then locked himself inside the business. He damaged the store by throwing paint on windows and attempting to start a fire. Officers and crisis negotiators were in contact with the man before family arrived and convinced him to come out of the store.

The man was taken into custody without incident and unharmed. Fire crews examined the store for fire damage and found that it was safe.

No charges have been filed at this time. The individual will be taken for mental evaluation and to decide the best course of treatment.

It’s unclear at this time if the individual was armed or the extent of the damage.

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