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UPDATED: Newport motel owner arrested after standoff with police

Roger Berres. Photo provided by Washington County Sheriff's Office

The owner of the Sure Lock Motel in Newport was arrested after a more than six-hour standoff with police late Sunday following an alleged felony assault at the Hastings Avenue motel.

Police arrested Roger A. Berres, 48, shortly before midnight on suspicion of second-degree criminal sexual conduct -- which, according to jail booking information, involved a female under the age of 13 -- kidnapping, disturbing the peace, domestic assault and obstructing the legal process.

Police declined to provide any details of the alleged assault.

Newport Police Chief Curt Montgomery said officers were called to the motel at 5:11 p.m. on a report of a felony assault. Police received a warrant and were assisted by the Washington County Special Response Team.

Officers were told by another individual at the motel that Berres may have had a gun when he barricaded himself inside a room at the motel, Montgomery said. He would not confirm Monday whether Berres was armed during the incident, but said the motel owner did not threaten officers during the standoff.

"We were told he had a gun in there," Montgomery said. "So we decided to take the safe route and set up a perimeter."

Berres was uncooperative in officers' initial attempt to make contact with him, police said. They eventually made phone contact with the suspect and he was taken into custody at 11:44 p.m. and booked into the Washington County Jail.

"It was probably three or four hours where he wouldn't talk to anybody," Montgomery said.

Berres has a lengthy criminal record in the state of Minnesota that includes a 2000 felony criminal sexual conduct conviction that involved a minor. Most recently, he was convicted last year of fifth-degree misdemeanor assault.

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Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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