Man arrested after morning standoff

WHITTIER – A man who allegedly shot into a 3rd Precinct house early this morning before holing himself up for hours in a Whittier apartment was arrested without incident around 10:30 a.m.  April 15.

James Arthur Warren, 30, barred himself in an apartment at 337 E. 25th St. around 6 a.m., police said. Police responded to the residence after receiving a call from a woman in the apartment, who whispered into the phone that she needed help, police said.

Police and SWAT personnel set up a perimeter around the building and made contact with Warren, who later released two women and two children. One of the women had black eyes and a broken arm, said Insp. Kristine Arneson, who oversees the 5th Precinct.

Arneson said the two children were Warren’s and he had a relationship of some kind with one of the women.

With the help of Warren’s father and attorney, SWAT personnel were eventually able to coax him out of the apartment without incident. He locked the door after leaving, requiring police to break into the apartment to look for anyone else who might be inside. No one was found.

Arneson said SWAT responded to the same residence two years ago for a domestic incident involving Warren. He was scheduled to appear in court tomorrow for that incident, she said.

“The wheels of justice move slowly,” she said.

Police blocked off streets in the area this morning and evacuated residents, many who watched from just beyond the police tape.

Area resident Anthony Thompson said he had been waiting outside with relatives who lived in the apartment since about 8:30 a.m.

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, which is across the street from where the incident took place, opened at 10 a.m. as scheduled.