Brothers arraigned on multiple charges in standoff
A Park Rapids man with a two-page rap sheet spanning 16 years had been released on his own recognizance by a Hubbard County District judge last month on a car theft charge. He and his brother were involved in a lengthy armed standoff with nearly two dozen law officers Wednesday morning.
Allen Gene Bloom Sr., 39, and brother Brian Jon Bloom, 31 were each arraigned in a heavily guarded courtroom Thursday on charges stemming from that incident in a residential neighborhood the day before.
Each man faces three separate counts of First Degree Assault. The complaints state they fired multiple shots in the downtown area and the home of the men's mother and her husband as officers surrounded the property in the early morning hours, finally ending the standoff when a SWAT team tear-gassed the residence the men were holed up in.
Judge Paul Rasmussen, via an interactive court proceeding, set bail for each brother at $200,000 unconditional or $100,000 conditional bond on the charges. Each count carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in jail and/or a $30,000 fine upon conviction.
Each brother will be appointed a public defender.
Brian Bloom was recently released from prison on a 2008 burglary charge and a violation of his probation, records indicate.
He has numerous criminal convictions in two counties.
Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne requested $350,000 bail for each man asserting because of their "history of escape, assaultive behavior" and other crimes, the men "are a risk to public safety."
He said alcohol was a factor in the standoff; if either man is released, he must refrain from using drugs or alcohol, possessing a weapon and contact with their mother and her husband, who was shot in the knee and underwent surgery to repair a broken bone in the leg.
The married couple and one or both brothers were all residing at the 309 Lake Avenue address where the standoff occurred.
Allen Bloom was released Nov. 16 by Hubbard County District Judge Robert Tiffany on his own recognizance on a motor vehicle theft case. The state had requested bail.
In the 16 years of recorded offenses, Allen Bloom has appeared before judges in eight counties on a variety of gross misdemeanor and felony charges ranging from drug possession to assault to car theft. An omnibus hearing on the theft charge is set for Dec. 21.
The men's next court appearance is set for Dec. 21.