No suspect found after hourslong standoff in GR

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — After an hourslong standoff, police were  unable to find a suspect inside a house in Grand Rapids Wednesday.  

It happened at a house in the 100 block of Dale Street between Monroe and Center avenues on the city’s northeast side.

Grand  Rapids police said a witness called authorities around 12:30 a.m. after  she saw a 27-year-old man threaten a 33-year-old woman with a handgun  inside the house. Police said both had warrants for their arrest.

Negotiators  attempted to make contact with the residence throughout the morning,  but were unsuccessful. Because of this, officers were unsure if the lack  of cooperation was due to the warrants or if the woman was being held  against her will.

Shortly after 7 a.m., officers cleared the house  and found the woman hiding inside. She was taken into custody for her  outstanding warrants. The suspect, who police identified as the woman's  boyfriend, was not found inside the house.

Grand Rapids police  believe he fled sometime after 911 was called and before officers got on  scene. A description of the suspect has not yet been released.

The  witness had left the home with three of the woman’s young children  earlier in the morning, but the woman’s 13-year-old daughter was left  inside. Police convinced her to come out of the home upon arrival.

Police  said a distractionary device, which sounds like a loud boom, was used  during the standoff to allow officers to safely put negotiation  equipment into the house. 

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