Knife wielding suspect arrested after 5-hour standoff

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A five hour long standoff in Fresno ended with a suspect in custody Friday. 

Police said the man was wanted on a warrant. When they went to the apartment to arrest him, he refused to come out. 

They said he had a knife and three young children were inside. 

Just before 8 p.m. the suspect backed out of his apartment with his hands up, finally surrendering to police.

“The negotiations stalled for a period of time. You heard the deployment of the flashbangs, which were used to get his attention get him to talk to us again, which worked,” Lt. Jennifer Horsford of the Fresno Police Department said. 

It all started around 3 p.m. and escalated quickly. Police arrived at the Sandstone apartments on Jensen and Elm looking for a man wanted on a family violence related warrant. 

“(Police) made contact with the subject who’s armed with a knife who’s refusing to come out of the apartment. Initially there were three children inside the apartment,” Lt. Horsford said. 

A boy who identified himself as the step-son of the suspect said two young siblings and an infant sister were in the apartment. Neighbors said they went to school with the kids. 

“Her dad was the one carrying the knife and holding the baby and that’s why they needed to evacuate,” Agustin Garcia who lives in the complex said. 

The standoff forced resident out of their homes for hours.

“We’ve evacuated the area for the safety of the other residents. Unfortunately it’s inconvenient for everybody that’s stuck out here,” Lt. Horsford said. 

People living in the complex said it’s usually a quiet community.  

“Scared. I’m actually really scared,” Agustin and his sister Malina Garcia said. 

Police said family members helped reason with the suspect. They are not identifying him. He was booked into the Fresno county jail. 

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