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Williston incident prompts Trinity lockdown

Trinity Hospital was briefly placed on lockdown Thursday after the victim of a domestic violence incident in Williston was brought to the Minot hospital for treatment, with the alleged perpetrator still on the loose.

Randy Schwan, vice president of mission integration for Trinity Health, said in the latter part of Thursday morning that the facility had lifted the lockdown facility-wide but will still be on heightened alert in certain areas to protect the patient.

Williston police said the domestic violence incident happened at about 3:40 a.m. Thursday in the 2400 block of 37th Place in Williston. Two female victims were identified as the result of the investigation. The Williston Police Department and Williams County Sheriff’s Office are still investigating the incident. The suspect, Leonard Barton Higdon Jr., fled the scene and was involved in a multi-agency vehicle pursuit. Higdon abandoned his vehicle in the 5900 block of Highway 85 north of Williston and fled on foot. He had not been located or arrested as of late Thursday afternoon.

Williston police are asking for tips to help them locate Higdon. They advise people not to approach him

Trinity Health was advised to go on lockdown as a precaution by the Williston and Minot police departments after the purported victim was brought to Minot at about 7:45 a.m. for treatment, said Schwan. Schwan said this is standard procedure to protect patients and staff at hospital facilities.

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