Charges filed in New Hope stand-off


A New Hope man was charged with several criminal counts for threatening his girlfriend and holding her children hostage during an 18-hour standoff, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Thursday.

Andrew Hogan, 26, was charged with second-degree assault, two counts of terroristic threats and two counts of child endangerment. He is expected to make his first appearance Friday and prosecutors are seeking bail of $200,000.

According to the criminal complaint, Hogan’s girlfriend texted 911 about 8 p.m. Monday to say that Hogan would not let her or her two children, ages two and four, come out of the bathroom. Hogan was threatening to kill her and he had a shotgun and a BB gun in the house.

When New Hope police officers approached the front door, the woman opened the door and came outside. As police were about to enter the house and retrieve the children, Hogan appeared and shut the door, the complaint states.

The girlfriend told police that Hogan had been drinking and was getting “amped up” when she took the children upstairs to give them a bath. Hogan came upstairs and threatened to kill her and tried to force open the door. When she was sure the police had arrived, she slipped quietly downstairs and out the door, according to the complaint.

During the long stand-off, Hogan repeatedly said he would shoot the officers, held one of the children up to the window and refused all commands to come out of the house or send the children outside. Finally, at 2:22 p.m. Tuesday, Hogan walked out the back door towards the waiting officers. A 12-gauge shotgun and a BB pistol were recovered from the house, the complaint states.

Criminal Complaint (PDF)