Norway man charged with home invasion­­­

Shawn Balfanz

IRON MOUNTAIN — A Norway man involved in a standoff with police Sunday after being accused of going into a woman’s home has been arraigned in Dickinson County District Court.

Shawn Balfanz, 43, was charged Monday with second-degree home invasion, a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison; and assaulting, resisting or obstructing a police officer, which carries a two-year-penalty.

Balfanz is charged as a four-time habitual offender and could spend up to life in prison if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, police were called to a residence along C Street in Norway after the owner came home and found Balfanz inside late Sunday afternoon.

A previous news release from the Norway Police Department stated Balfanz — who was unnamed at the time — reportedly fled through a back door as officers were en route to the home.

While tracking Balfanz to a wooded area south of the residence, officers reportedly learned he had entered a mobile home on the same block. Balfanz did not respond as police surrounded the home, the news release stated.

The Dickinson County Critical Incident Response Team was brought in and a negotiator was able by phone to get Balfanz to come out of the residence. He was arrested without incident and taken to the Dickinson County Jail, the release stated.

A probable cause conference is set for March 15. Bond is set at $10,000 cash, surety, or 10%.


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