GRPD: Fugitive surrenders after short standoff

Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids police block off Thomas Street SE near Dolbee Avenue at the scene of a standoff. (Jan. 13, 2021)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids police say a fugitive who initially refused to come out of a house for about a hour Wednesday morning ultimately gave up and was taken into custody.

The Kentwood Police Department said the suspect was a man wanted for criminal sexual conduct and weapons charges related to an incident in Kentwood.

The Grand Rapids Police Department said members of the Fugitive Task Force saw the suspect go into a house on Thomas Street SE near Dolbee Avenue in the city’s Baxter neighborhood around 8:50 a.m.

That person then refused to come out of the house, police said.

Because the fugitive was “known to be armed and dangerous,” GRPD said, it brought in its Special Response Team — a SWAT team — and negotiators. Streets in the area were closed to traffic.

Shortly after 10 a.m., the suspect surrendered. No one was hurt.

The suspect’s name was not released Wednesday.

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