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Headwaters SWAT team called in: Man awaiting charges following fight call

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Bemidji, 56619
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Wendell Joseph Graves, 22, was charged Tuesday with felony counts of making terroristic threats with reckless disregard for risk and obstruction of the legal process by interfering with a peace officer.

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The charges stem from an incident Monday night in which Graves allegedly barricaded himself in an apartment and threatened to shoot police if they came in.

The incident started at 11:25 p.m. when law enforcement personnel were called to the 1000 block of Irvine Avenue Northwest in regards to a fight. Upon arrival, officers found two men on the upper level of a staircase, according to a press release from the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office.

Jonathan Graves, 26, was found bleeding from head wounds and was taken into custody, the release said. Meanwhile, the other man, later identified as Wendell Graves, went back inside the apartment, slamming and locking the door, and refusing to answer to police commands, the release said.

Jonathan Graves provided little information, and a steak knife was found on his person during a search, the release said. He told officers he took the knife away from others so they wouldn't hurt or kill one another. He was transported to North Country Regional Hospital for treatment of his wounds.

Officers attempted to get into the apartment in which Wendell Graves had fled, but an occupant was yelling at them and threatening to shoot if officers entered the apartment, the release said.

The scene was secured, the Headwaters SWAT team was contacted, and a search warrant was obtained, the release said. The SWAT team deployed a chemical agent into the apartment, and two men exited the apartment. Wendell Graves and Donald Pepworth, 24, were then arrested.

Both Pepworth and Jonathan Graves have been released form custody. Charges are not being considered against either man.

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Bethany Wesley
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