Fergus Falls man arrested after displaying handgun at MSUM
MOORHEAD -- A Fergus Falls man faces multiple charges after he allegedly made threats and brandished a replica handgun Friday night, an incident that led to the lockdown of Minnesota State University Moorhead.
Starmaine Hoeper, 19, was arrested by Moorhead police officers Friday night after they were called the 900 block of 19th Street South in Moorhead at 11:31 p.m. regarding a complaint that a man had displayed a silver handgun and threatened individuals during a disturbance. The man had fled the scene by the time officers arrived.
Moorhead police apprehended Hoeper a short time later. They found the item believed to be a firearm - which actually was a replica handgun painted silver - under a vehicle nearby.
MSUM sent four text messages to students, alerting them to the incident.
The first message, sent at 11:47 p.m. Friday, said the campus was in full lockdown because a male with a silver handgun was running from 19th Street and Ninth Avenue South near the football field.
A second message at 11:55 p.m. said a man in black clothing attempted to run over an unknown person in a vehicle and then fled on foot with a silver handgun.
The all-clear message was given at 12:32 a.m. Saturday, because it did not appear the man was in the area. The final message came at 12:59 a.m. Saturday, stating the suspect was apprehended.
Hoeper is in custody at the Clay County Jail pending charges of felony terroristic threats, gross misdemeanor public weapon display and minor consuming alcohol, according to a police department news release.