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SWAT team dispatched to Bemidji trailer park

BEMIDJI – A SWAT team was dispatched to a Bemidji trailer park Monday, but ultimately wasn’t involved in a local man’s arrest.

Daniel Wayne Jourdain, 28, of Bemidji, was arrested Monday afternoon without incident on a probation violation warrant. He was convicted of felony third-degree assault in April 2012.

A warrant was issued for his arrest March 8 after he failed to appear in court, according to court records.

Jourdain was the subject of two previous “barricaded subject” SWAT actions, “both of which required the use of chemical munitions to extract him from the residence,” according to an incident report provided by the Bemidji Police Department.

Bemidji Police Chief Mike Mastin said the department received two calls from neighbors about 3 p.m. Monday about a man crawling through the window of a home at Westwood Acres mobile home park, 1600 23rd St. NW. The callers believed the home was vacant.

Officers arrived on scene to find tracks leading to the window Jourdain crawled through but couldn’t get him to answer the door.

Officers warned Jourdain they had a search warrant and planned to enter the home. They also warned they planned to use chemical munitions if he did not comply with orders.

Jourdain’s criminal history prompted a response from the SWAT team, Mastin said. Jourdain’s previous assault conviction involved him striking a man with a shotgun at the same residence officers responded to Monday, Mastin said.

“So the degree of danger resulted in the officers calling in the SWAT team,” Mastin said. “You don’t know what you’re going to encounter when you walk up to a door.”

While SWAT team members prepared to approach the home, they learned Jourdain had left the home through a window and was taken into custody without incident. The SWAT team tried to enter the home afterward for a final sweep, but discovered it was barricaded.

Jourdain posted bail for $2,500 Tuesday, according to Beltrami County court officials. He has a court appearance scheduled for May 15.


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