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Woman returns home to find ex-boyfriend inside with a knife

A standoff with police ensued, during which he set fire to much of the house.

A standoff in Hubbard County unfolded on Tuesday evening that started when a woman returned home to find her ex-boyfriend waiting with a knife.

The woman was physically assaulted by her ex, who tried to stab her with the knife at the home in Arago Township, north of Park Rapids.

She was able to escape the house and called police around 7:08 p.m., with officers arriving and trying to make contact with the suspect, who was still inside.

He refused to communicate or cooperate, and was known to police through prior incidents as a danger to law enforcement.

The Hubbard County Sheriff's Office says that the victim also told them there were guns inside her home, prompting a SWAT team to come to the scene.

Further attempts to communicate were unsuccessful, with police observing the man walking through the house setting things on fire.

By just after 11:30 p.m. a large fire had started inside the home, at which point the suspect left the house and was arrested.

The Park Rapids Fire Department extinguished the fire, which caused extensive damage to the property. The suspect is being held in Hubbard County Jail, where he awaits multiple felony charges.

Domestic violence in Minnesota

The Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women reports that in 79 percent of fatal domestic violence cases where the woman was the victim in 2017, the killer was an intimate partner.

In a third of cases, the victim was either separated or trying to leave the partner who killed them.

More than 65,000 adults in Minnesota use domestic violence service programs every year, though fewer than 50 percent of those suffering from domestic violence ever reach out for help.

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