Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Boystown: Hotel SWAT standoff ends peacefully overnight

Police outside the Hawthorne Terrace Best Western on July 24, 2019. | Provided
A Lakeview hotel guest threatened to shoot officers who responded to a disturbance late Tuesday night, leading to a five-hour SWAT standoff that ended peacefully, police and sources said.

Cops were called at 11:30 p.m. to handle a man who was being belligerent and pounding the walls of his third-floor room at the Best Western Hawthorne Terrace, 3434 North Broadway.

Police personnel huddle near the Best Western Hawthorne Terrace early Wednesday morning. | Provided
Hotel employees had asked the man to vacate his room, but he refused. He then threw objects at the door and became combative when police arrived, officers said.

Shortly after midnight, Town Hall District police requested a SWAT response when the man reportedly said he was going to come out of the room with a weapon.

CPD units at Broadway and Roscoe, down the block from the scene of this morning's incident. | Provided
Police on the scene said the man was taken into custody without incident around 4:30 a.m. He has been transported to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for a psychiatric evaluation.

Broadway was reopened to traffic and pedestrians after 5 a.m.
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