Suspect in custody after standoff at Des Moines apartment


DES MOINES, Iowa — A man was taken into custody following a standoff at a Des Moines apartment building on Grand Avenue Friday evening.

James Phillips, 30, has been charged with first-degree harassment and disturbing the peace. He is being held in the Polk County Jail.

The standoff began around 4 p.m. after police responded to a domestic situation and then Phillips barricaded himself in the apartment, according to Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek.

Police temporarily closed down Grand Avenue between 35th Street and 37th Street and evacuated some floors of the apartment building.

Police negotiators were able to speak with Phillips. After about two hours, he was taken into custody without incident.

No one was hurt during the incident, police said.

The portion of Grand Avenue that was closed has since reopened.

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