Mugshot: Suspect in Visalia hostage situation identified

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The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office on Monday released the booking photo of the man arrested in a hostage situation that unfolded in the city on Sunday.

Jonathan Soto, 32, is accused of taking a woman hostage which led to a more than five-hour standoff.

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He allegedly took out what was described as a screwdriver, and the family, including kids, fled the house. However, Visalia Police Lt. Candido Alvarez said Soto’s girlfriend was taken hostage and was barricaded inside the home.

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