FARGO — A man who was involved in a domestic violence situation late Monday night just south of the North Dakota State University campus that involved a large number of law officers and the area's SWAT team was arrested Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 18, in an apartment in Forman, a small town in Sargent County about 65 miles southwest of Fargo, and is in jail.
A concerned citizen in Forman called the sheriff's office to report that Brandon Grant, 41, was inside an apartment there after hearing Grant had been involved in an incident in Fargo. Sargent County Sheriff Travis Paeper said Grant was arrested about 1:45 p.m., without incident.
Paeper said after calling Fargo police, he learned that Grant was wanted on a warrant for driving under suspension in Cass County, which was not related to the domestic incident in Fargo.
Grant was then taken to the Richland County Jail in Wahpeton because Sargent County doesn't have a jail. He was still there late Wednesday night and was being held on bond for the traffic violation.
However, earlier Wednesday, Jessica Schindeldecker, the public information officer for the Fargo police department, said they were working on getting an arrest warrant for the man for violating a protection order with his wife.
In the incident in Fargo, it was thought that Grant was inside the home in the 1100 block of College Street with two children for about four hours late Monday night into early Tuesday morning after the disturbance with his wife outside the home about 10 p.m. When police arrived on the scene, Grant ran into the home and apparently, though, had taken off quickly, according to Schindeldecker.
Grant, who is known to have a history of violence and was known to law enforcement in both Fargo and Sargent County, was being sought by Fargo police for questioning before he was arrested Wednesday.
Although Grant likely won't face more serious charges, Schindeldecker said he did violate the protection order between him and his wife.
Grant could have likely just ran out the back door when police arrived, according to Schindeldecker. Or, he slipped out of the home some time later. However, Schindeldecker said it only took police a matter of minutes for police to set up a perimeter around the home so it's likely he left the scene immediately.
Thinking Grant was still inside the home and could have been armed, the SWAT team arrived shortly after 11 p.m.
"We didn't have any way to communicate with him (directly)," Schindeldecker said.
However, police were urging him to come out of the home through a loud speaker. They didn't know for sure if he was armed or not, but were concerned he could have been a danger to himself or others with his violent past, Schindeldecker said.
Around 2 a.m. the SWAT team deployed a "flash bang," a diversion tool they use that has a loud noise and smoke, because they thought maybe Grant could have been sleeping.
Who was sleeping were apparently the two children, who then woke up and came out of the home to be reunited with their mother after hearing the loud bang. The children didn't belong to Grant.
The evacuation and shelter in place order for the neighborhood was lifted shortly after the children came out and Grant was not found in the home.