Police standoff ends with arrest in Apple Valley

A police standoff Friday in Apple Valley ended with the arrest of a man suspected of attempted assault.

Police were called to the 12100 block of Geneva Way at about 2:20 p.m. on a report of an attempted stabbing. The victim reported he had been threatened by the suspect with a knife and was “left in fear for his life,” police said.

The suspect, who lives near the victim on Geneva Way, had reportedly fled the crime scene in a red van, and when police went to his residence they noted a red van in the driveway. Attempts to contact the suspect by phone and through the use of a public address system were unsuccessful.

After Apple Valley police requested assistance from the Dakota County Mutual Aid and Assistance Group – a regional team of police tactical officers and crisis negotiators – the suspect came out of his residence at about 5:20 p.m. and surrendered without further incident. He was then booked into the Dakota County Jail in Hastings.

The suspect was expected to be criminally charged on Monday by the Dakota County Attorney’s Office, police said.