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UPDATE: Grand Forks Man who Caused Standoff Appears in Court

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UPDATE April 30, 2013:

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - A Grand Forks man who held a SWAT team at bay for hours over the weekend faces felony charges of burglary, arson and criminal mischief.

The Grand Forks Herald says that Steven Bonderud appeared in court on Monday. He did not enter pleas to the charges that could land him in prison for 30 years if he's convicted. He is due back in court June 3.

Authorities allege that an armed Bonderud was suicidal on Sunday when he broke into a home that was for sale and set several small fires inside. He eventually surrendered peacefully but the standoff prompted authorities to evacuate two nearby churches.

Authorities estimated damage to the home at $10,000.

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Update April 28, 2012:

A neighborhood was barricaded off and nearby churches were evacuated for their safety during a stand off this morning in Grand Forks.

It happened in the 1700 block of South 17th Street.

That's where Grand Forks Police say Steven Bonderud, 25 years old and of Grand Forks, was refusing to come out.

A caller also told police Bonderud may have been armed.

Grand Forks Police say there was a fire inside the home when Bonderud was refusing to leave, and they weren't sure how it started.

That's why the SWAT team, the bomb squad and negotiators were closing down blocks around the home.

Among all that action, some neighbors shared with me why they didn't feel safe sticking around.

"It was kind of scary to figure out what was going on, what was happening," Marina Kojic, a neighbor, said as she watched police circle her block.

Most of the neighborhood didn't know why officers taped off a few city blocks.

"We saw police officers, police cars coming, fire trucks and I think ambulances," Kojic said. She lives just across the street and watched the neighborhood change outside her window.

There was smoke coming from the house across the street as officers were trying to make contact with the man barricaded inside.

"It was very scary, especially after the Boston bombings, especially if you have kids," Kojic said.

But, the crime scene here really affected a good part of this community, because just a block away two churches were evacuated.

"I think maybe a few people were sat down, and at that time we got interrupted and told we should maybe be evacuating the building for our safety," Don Pederson, a member of Bethel Lutheran Church, said.

Pederson says, by the time service let out, police escorted church members out the only exit left open.

"I was surprised because there were vehicles that the police department were using, I suppose for SWAT purposes and so on that I had never seen, I didn't know they owned," he said.

The neighborhood transformed as the scene escalated, but some agree seeing that line of protection came as a relief.

"Seeing so many police cars coming, it makes you think they have everything under control and it's safe," Kojic said.

Officers did recover a handgun inside the home, but neighbors say they're relieved all ended without any injuries.

Bonderud is being held at the Grand Forks County Correctional Center on burglary, arson and felony criminal mischief charges.





One man is in custody after a standoff with the Grand Forks SWAT Team today.

  It started at 10:24 Sunday morning when smoke was seen coming from 1707 South 17th Street. It's just west of the Grand Cities Mall.

  Police were told by the 9-1-1 caller that a man was inside the home and could be armed. Contact was made with the man inside the home, and after several hours of negotiations the man came out 2 p.m. and was taken into custody.

  The fire inside the residence was extinguished by the Fire Dept.  A handgun was recovered at the scene.  The man was transported to Altru Hospital.  Charges are pending and the case is still under investigation.

   A friend of the man tells Valley News Live the suspect had lived with a woman at the home until a couple of months ago. The friend says the man "snapped" when he learned she had a new boyfriend.

  Two nearby churches were evacuated as a precaution during the incident. Witnesses say the suspect was limping when he was taken into custody, but no one else was injured.

  At this time, police are not releasing the man's name, until an evaluation at the hospital is completed.

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