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The Latest: Police: 2 people with man holed up in hotel room

January 29, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on police responding to a “public safety situation” at a University of Minnesota hotel (all times local):

1 p.m.

Police say a man holed up in a Minneapolis hotel room on the University of Minnesota campus has two people with him.

The school issued an alert Monday morning about a “public safety situation” at the Graduate Minneapolis Hotel. Police say they’ve been negotiating with the man since around midnight.

Minneapolis police spokesman Scott Seroka confirmed Monday afternoon two other people are with the man in the room, but Seroka didn’t describe them as hostages. Authorities have not said whether the man is armed or what led up to the incident.

No injuries have been reported.

The university closed recreation and wellness center behind the hotel, along with some roads in the area. University spokesman Chuck Tombarge there’s no direct threat to student on campus and that the hotel remains open.

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8:30 a.m.

Police at the University of Minnesota have evacuated some guests from a campus hotel, saying they’re negotiating a “situation” with a person in one of the hotel’s rooms.

The school issued an alert early Monday about a “public safety situation” at the Graduate Minneapolis Hotel. The school said some roads around the campus were closed, as was a campus recreation and wellness center.

University Police Chief Matt Clark says officers have been talking to a man for some time, trying to convince him to come out. Clark says no one has been hurt. He declined to provide specifics about what led to the situation, what was being discussed or how many guests were evacuated.

Clark and university officials asked students, faculty and staff to avoid the east portion of campus.

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