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Police Standoff Involving Fugitive

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The 100 block of North 23rd street was closed for several hours Friday due to a police standoff.

Billings Police and SWAT negotiator say they tried for hours to get in contact with the fugitive, who locked himself in a room.

The fugitive is 31-year-old Ray Lee Grant, who escaped from a pre-release center early Monday morning. A federal warrant for his arrest was issued Friday morning. The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force then tried to arrest him, but Grant locked himself in a room on 117 N 23rd, and claimed he was armed. After four and a half hours, Grant surrendered peacefully.

"It takes a lot of patience and this obviously the way we would like things to end. We'd like to talk people out when they get backed in to a corner. Have them come out this way instead of forcing a hand and having someone get injured," said Lt. Mark Cady of the Billings Police Department.

Grant was taken to the Yellowstone County Detention Facility unharmed. He could face up to 10 years in prison if he is charged with escape.

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