—By Bay City News Service
An hours-long police standoff involving a suspected burglar who
attacked three officers near
San Jose City College this morning ended when
the suspect was taken into custody early this afternoon, a police spokesman
Around 8:30 a.m., three San Jose police officers responded to
calls about a man near Menker and Kingman avenues who residents believed had
committed recent burglaries in the neighborhood, police spokesman Officer
Albert Morales said.
When the officers located him in the laundry room of an apartment
complex and attempted to talk to him, he attacked them, Morales said.
The suspect tried to take an officer's Taser gun and ended up
taking his baton during a struggle, Morales said.
The other officers then struck the suspect with batons, and the
suspect dropped the stolen baton before fleeing on foot to the apartment of
an acquaintance in the 600 block of Richmond Avenue nearby, according to
He barricaded himself inside the empty apartment for several
hours, police said.
All residents were evacuated from the building, and there were no
hostages in the unit he was in, Morales said.
A police SWAT team surrounded the building, and police shot rubber
bullets through the apartment window, shattering the glass, police said.
Eventually, the man tried to exit the apartment on a bicycle. When
he started riding the bike on the sidewalk near the complex, police released
K-9 units that bit him, allowing officers to detain him.
He was finally taken into custody around 12:15 p.m., Morales said.
"You can say the K-9s safely made the arrest," he said.
The man suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital in an
ambulance around 12:30 p.m.
The man, whose name has not been released, is in his 30s and from
San Jose, police said. He was found with stolen property on him, Morales
The man was arrested on suspicion of burglary, possession of
stolen property and assault on a police officer.
Nancy Mendez, 19, who lives across the street from where the
standoff happened, said neighbors believed the suspect had recently been
breaking into cars in the area and stealing stereos.
When she woke up this morning and heard all the police activity,
she said, "I felt pretty nervous."
Residents were allowed back into the evacuated building around
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