Armed man arrested after standoff

Posted: Sunday, August 10, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) Anchorage police arrested a man Friday morning after a five-hour standoff at his west side apartment.

James Minnier, 53, was charged with sexual assault and assault.

A 20-year-old woman called police at about 5 a.m. and reported that she had been sexually assaulted in Minnier's apartment, said police spokesman Ron McGee. The woman was able to escape.

She told police Minnier threatened her with a knife and fired a firearm in the apartment.

When police arrived, Minnier refused to leave.

He told police he had terminal cancer and did not want to die in prison.

He surrendered at about 10:30 a.m.



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