Updated at 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday, August 16


An hours-long standoff ended Tuesday afternoon after police were able to convince a man to come out of a Government Hill apartment, according to Anchorage police spokesperson Renee Oistad.


The man, later identified as 38-year-old Marcus Johnson, and a woman were barricaded inside the bedroom of a Government Hill apartment, according to a release from police. Backup officers were called in to assist in the standoff situation.


At 8:41 a.m. Tuesday, Anchorage Police Department dispatch received calls from people who heard a fight in an apartment between a man and a woman, according to an release. When APD got to the residence, at 905 Richardson Vista, witnesses stated Johnson had been “waiving a knife around and making verbal threats.”


APD wrote in the early morning release that there was no one else in the apartment and Johnson refused to leave. Police could not make visual contact with the woman to determine if she’d been harmed, so more officers were called in to help.


Oistad told KTVA the woman came out after police arrived. Police obtained a warrant for Johnson, Oistad said, and were able to convince him to leave the residence. He was arrested shortly thereafter on multiple assault charges.


KTVA’s Shannon Ballard and Bonney Bowman contributed to this report.


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