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SWAT team called out to Newport motel

A SWAT team helped remove an alleged kidnapping suspect and victim early Saturday from a Newport motel that was the site of a police standoff last month.

Newport Police Chief Curt Montgomery said in a statement Saturday that his department was asked by South St. Paul police Friday evening to help locate a kidnapping suspect and victim. They were found at the Sure Lock Motel, 1280 Hastings Ave.

Police called the Washington County Special Response Team to assist at 1:15 a.m. Saturday. SWAT crews entered a room or residence at 2:52 a.m. and removed the suspect and victim, Montgomery said in the news release.

The victim was turned over to South St. Paul police. St. Paul police took the suspect into custody. The suspect was transported to Ramsey County Jail.

Further information was not immediately available.

It was the second time in recent weeks that SWAT team members were called for an incident at the Sure Lock Motel. Last month, authorities were called there on a reported assault. Following an hours-long standoff with the SWAT team, the motel owner, Roger A. Berres, was arrested. Prosecutors charged him with kidnapping for allegedly locking himself in an apartment with an underage girl.

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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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