Plea Agreement For Armed Standoff at Rochester Motel
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - A Lake City man whose actions resulted in a standoff with police at a Rochester motel in August entered into a plea agreement today.
40-year-old Nathan Titus pleaded guilty to a second-degree assault charge through a deal with prosecutors that resulted in the dismissal of a felony terroristic threats charge and several gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor counts involving domestic assault.
The plea agreement includes a recommendation for a stayed prison sentence and probation, but also requires Titus to enter and successfully complete the Veterans Court program.
He was arrested following a five-hour standoff at the Extended Stay America Motel on Woodlake Drive Southeast that began when the manager called police after hearing a woman screaming and yelling "You do not have to point that gun at my face." After repeated attempts at negotiations, members of the local Emergency Response Unit forced the door to the motel room open and took Titus into custody.
The 35-year-old woman in the room was described by police as an ex-girlfriend with injuries suffered in an assault. A portion of the motel was evacuated during the standoff.
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