Leech Lake Tribal Police Department apprehends suspect in violent incident

A fugitive is now in custody after a stand-off that lasted several hours in Bena.

According to a release from the Leech Lake Tribal Police Department, officers responded to a report of a person who was assaulted and held against their will at gunpoint throughout the evening hours of Thursday, Nov. 19.

The suspect had fled from the residence near Bena prior to officers’ arrival.

Officers received another report a short time later of a male who had barricaded himself inside a nearby garage.

After several hours of negotiations, law enforcement was able to apprehend the suspect, Justin Cutbank, who already had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

Some officers received minor injuries during the apprehension.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office, MN BCA, and the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office assisted throughout the incident.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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