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Hastings man barricaded inside Cari Park home

A crowd gathered in Cari Park Monday evening while SWAT teams parked outside a Hastings home where a man had barricaded himself inside. Star Gazette photo by Chad Richardson1 / 2
This large SWAT truck eventually parked in the man's driveway. Star Gazette photo by Chad Richardson2 / 2

A Hastings man is barricaded inside his home on Tiffany Drive near 36th St. West. The incident began at approximately 7:30 p.m. SWAT teams are parked with an armored vehicle in the man's driveway. Several agencies are assisting.

The man, Kurt Baker, is wanted on a parole violation. Baker has violent offenses in his past and may have weapons inside the home. Those facts prompted the Hastings Police Department to call in SWAT teams.

A woman is also inside the home. She is not considered a hostage.

Police have been communicating with Baker.

He has at least one meth-related charge on his record and was also charged with at least two counts of felony assault.

Power was shut off in the surrounding homes just before 11 p.m.

Baker surrendered at about 12:25 a.m.

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.

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