Fargo police arrest woman after 2-hour standoff

Fargo police say it started when someone checking on a home found an unidentified woman inside.

Fargo police apprehended a woman after a two-hour standoff at a south Fargo home.
Matt Henson / WDAY News
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FARGO — Officers surrounded a home near the intersection of 21st Street and Second Avenue South, a couple blocks south of Burger Time on Main Avenue, late Monday night, Dec. 27.

They were called to the home just after 7 p.m., when a house-sitter checked on the house for the homeowner and found a woman inside who they did not know.

Officers said they saw her white hat bouncing around inside the home during a two-hour standoff at the residence.

Several times, police used a loudspeaker, saying they would send a K-9 in to bite the woman if she did not come out.

Just after 9 p.m., police said, the woman tried to slip out the back door only to be greeted by officers. She surrendered and was taken into custody.


The woman's identity was not released as of early Tuesday, but police said they expect her to face charges for the incident.

Matt Henson is an Emmy award-winning reporter/photographer/editor for WDAY. Prior to joining WDAY in 2019, Matt was the main anchor at WDAZ in Grand Forks for four years. He was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia and attended college at Lyndon State College in northern Vermont, where he was recognized twice nationally, including first place, by the National Academy for Arts and Science for television production. Matt enjoys being a voice for the little guy. He focuses on crimes and courts and investigative stories. Just as often, he shares tear-jerking stories and stories of accomplishment. Matt enjoys traveling to small towns across North Dakota and Minnesota to share their stories. He can be reached at and at 610-639-9215. When he's not at work (rare) Matt resides in Moorhead and enjoys spending time with his daughter, golfing and attending Bison and Sioux games.
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