TRF man arrested for assaults, standoff

by April Scheinoha

    A Thief River Falls man was arrested Saturday morning after he allegedly assaulted two people and engaged in a standoff with authorities late Friday night.
    Michael Roy Nelson, 46, was arrested without further incident at about 10:55 a.m. Saturday, according to the Thief River Falls Police Department. Formal charges are expected to be filed Monday.
    Authorities ended the standoff at 3 a.m. Saturday after a lengthy period of no contact with Nelson and after determining he didn’t pose a danger to the general public.
    The incident was repported at about 9:11 p.m. Friday at 504 Main Ave. N. Nelson allegedly choked a woman and assaulted another person. He then left the scene and officers saw him entering a second-floor apartment. They repeatedly attempted to contact Nelson; however, those attempts failed.
    As a precautionary measure, immediate neighbors were evacuated and Code Red was activated. Code Red notified the public in the immediate area to remain indoors and away from windows.
    Law enforcement also sought assistance from the Grand Forks Special Operations Group to provide tactical assistance, negotiation experts and additional personnel.
    This is the second time in six months that authorities have had contact with Nelson. In April, he was charged with two felony counts of attempted second degree arson, a felony count of second degree assault and a misdemeanor count of domestic assault. In that case, Nelson is accused of trying to start his teenage son and two vehicles on fire in rural Thief River Falls. He is also accused of assaulting his father in that case. The case remains pending in court with his next court appearance scheduled for Monday, Nov. 28.