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Boston Police peacefully resolve standoff with armed man in W Hotel, Gross says

Police peacefully ended a protracted standoff with an armed man in a room at the W Hotel, the most recent instance of what the city’s top cop says are first responders dealing with an increase of emotionally disturbed people amid the coronavirus pandemic.



a car driving on a city street: BOSTON MA. - NOVEMBER 6:  Some of the debris in the street after Police remove a suspect from the W Hotel that had broken his window and threw the contents of his room onto the street on November 6, 2020 in Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)


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BOSTON MA. – NOVEMBER 6: Some of the debris in the street after Police remove a suspect from the W Hotel that had broken his window and threw the contents of his room onto the street on November 6, 2020 in Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

Police Commissioner William Gross told reporters shortly before noon that they’d ended an 18-hour standoff with a man who’d smashed a window on the 14th floor of the downtown hotel and was threatening to jump.

Police had responded to a call from the family of the man — who police didn’t identify, and is now being treated at a local hospital — at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Police learned that the man might have a machete — one eventually was found in the room, Gross said — so the SWAT team and negotiators were called in to manage the situation as police attempted to talk him down.

“It was a very long night of negotiating with this individual,” Gross said, adding that the hotel was locked down throughout the night. Gross thanked the hotel staff plus the city’s fire and EMS workers. “We just took our time and de-escalated the situation.”

Eventually, around 11 a.m. Friday, the SWAT team “made entry” into the room and the man “surrendered” to them without further incident.

“We didn’t want him to harm himself or others,” Gross said, saying the special-operations unit busted in to make sure the man didn’t jump.

Gross said they’ve have seen “an uptick” in incidents like this — an “emotionally disturbed person,” in first-responder parlance, often possibly suicidal — as the pandemic has dragged on.

“Since COVID-19, we’ve had several of these incidents,” Gross said. He gave a couple of examples, including one knife-wielding man trying to get cops to kill him, and another person who threatened to them himself off the 4th Street Bridge in South Boston.

“I’d like to thank everyone who supports us when we encounter these individuals,” Gross said.



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    BOSTON MA. – NOVEMBER 6: The window that was broken after Police remove a suspect from the W Hotel that had broken his window and threw the contents of his room onto the street on November 6, 2020 in Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)



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    BOSTON MA. – NOVEMBER 6: Police remove a suspect from the W Hotel that had broken his window and threw the contents of his room onto the street on November 6, 2020 in Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)



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Two charged after Brantford police called for armed man at Comfort Inn hotel

Two Brantford men are facing firearm charges after police were called about an armed man at a hotel Thursday afternoon.

The incident near King George Road and Wood Street sent St. Pius X School into hold and secure as a precaution as police investigated, Brantford police said.

Police were called to the Comfort Inn around 1 p.m. for a report of an armed man. On scene, officers evacuated the hotel and around 2:20 p.m. arrested two men. A gun and ammunition where seized.

Two Brantford men — a 32-year-old and a 34-year-old — face charges of possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm while prohibited, careless storage of a firearm, weapons dangerous to the public peace and carrying a concealed weapon. The 32-year-old faces an addition charge of failing to comply with a court order.

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Armed robbers steal cash register from hotel

SAN DIEGO – Robbery detectives were investigating an armed robbery at a Mission Valley hotel and an attempted armed robbery at a Bay Park gas station, police said.

The attempted robbery was reported around 2:40 a.m. at the Shell gas station on the corner of Clairemont Drive and Denver Street, San Diego police Officer John Buttle said.

A gas station employee had just returned from taking out the trash when he turned to lock the front doors, but two men walked up and pulled open the doors before he could lock them, Buttle said.

Both men had handguns and demanded money from the employee, the officer said. When the employee told them he didn’t have any money, one of the men pistol whipped him in the head.

The pair then fled the store and were last seen heading northbound on Denver Street. No loss was reported.

Both suspects were described as Black men in their 40s. They were both wearing dark clothing, masks and baseball hats.

Shortly before 3:05 a.m. a robbery was reported at a hotel on Hotel Circle Place, off Hotel Circle North west of Fashion Valley Road, Buttle said.

Two armed men entered a hotel lobby, then left with a cash register, he said.

The suspects from that robbery were described as two Black men wearing masks and dark hoodies.

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Armed Robbers Hit Bay Park Gas Station, Mission Valley Hotel

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Robbery detectives were investigating two armed robberies Tuesday morning, one at a Bay Park gas station and another at a Mission Valley hotel.

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The first robbery was reported around 2:40 a.m. at the Shell gas station on the corner of Clairemont Drive and Denver Street, San Diego Police Officer John Buttle said.

A gas station employee had just returned from taking out the trash when he turned to lock the front doors, but two men walked up and pulled open the doors before he could lock them, Buttle said.

Both men had handguns and demanded money from the employee, the officer said. When the employee told them he didn’t have any money, one of the men pistol whipped him in the head.

The pair then fled the store and were last seen heading northbound on Denver Street.

Both suspects were described as Black men in their 40s. They were both wearing dark clothing, masks and baseball hats.

Shortly before 3:05 a.m. a robbery was reported at a hotel on Hotel Circle Place, off Hotel Circle North west of Fashion Valley Road, Buttle said.

Two armed men entered a hotel lobby, then left with a cash register, he said.

The suspects from that robbery were described as two Black men wearing masks and dark hoodies.

— City News Service

Armed Robbers Hit Bay Park Gas Station, Mission Valley Hotel was last modified: November 3rd, 2020 by Chris Jennewein

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