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Next court date set for man accused in standoff at Grand Forks hotel

A man facing a terrorizing charge made his first appearance in court Tuesday. Daniel Wayne Tupa, 49, was arrested May 23 at America's Best Value Inn after allegedly threatening a man with a handgun. Grand Forks Regional SWAT and Crisis Negotiatio...

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Daniel Wayne Tupa

A man facing a terrorizing charge made his first appearance in court Tuesday.

Daniel Wayne Tupa, 49, was arrested May 23 at America’s Best Value Inn after allegedly threatening a man with a handgun . Grand Forks Regional SWAT and Crisis Negotiations teams responded to the scene where Tupa, who had retreated inside his hotel room, complied with officers once they deployed a flashbang, which is a non-lethal explosive.

A preliminary hearing date is set for 9 a.m. on June 29.

“That preliminary hearing is to determine if there’s probable cause to charge you,” Judge Don Hager said.

Hager set Tupa’s bond at $2,000.

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“The bond amount seems fair,” said Tupa, who appeared via live video stream.

His brother, Steve Tupa, attended the hearing in person and asked the judge to apply a different kind of bond that doesn’t require cash payment, but the request was denied.

Hager ordered that Daniel Tupa not possess firearms or weapons. He is also not allowed to be near or contact the victim in the case.

Assistant State's Attorney Brittney Blake said prosecutors had reason to believe alcohol was involved in the incident.

Daniel Tupa has a reckless driving misdemeanor conviction in Williams County in 2013, a 2008 driving under the influence conviction and a 2007 misdemeanor disorderly conduct conviction, both in Grand Forks County.

No injuries were reported at the hotel incident, which unfolded over the course of four hours.

Daniel Tupa is facing a maximum penalty of $10,000 and a five-year prison term with a mandatory court fee of $500. Because a weapon is involved in the case, he could serve a minimum of two years in jail if he pleads or is found guilty.

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