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Hotel standoff ends peacefully in Lone Tree, suspect arrested

SWAT team called in to communicate with man


The TownePlace Suites by Marriott on Cabela's Drive was evacuated the evening of Jan. 9 after a man barricaded himself in his hotel room, telling Lone Tree police officers he was armed and suicidal, according to a news release.

Employees of the hotel called police about 4:45 p.m., reporting a suspicious man in the hotel. When police arrived, the man locked himself in his room. The Douglas County Regional SWAT team was called in to negotiate with the suspect. Officers determined the suspect had multiple warrants for his arrest.

Joseph Daniel Howland, 32, surrendered peacefully around 8 p.m., and no injuries were reported during the incident. Howland was the only suspect, and had three outstanding warrants in Arapahoe County and one in Arvada. Warrants included auto theft, forgery criminal impersonation and violation of bail bond conditions. No weapons were found in his possession, police said.

New charges filed against Howland include possession of less than four grams of methamphetamine, aggravated motor vehicle theft, refusal to leave the premises, obstruction and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was being held at the Douglas County jail on $86,000 bond.


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