SWAT surrounds couple suspected in violent crime spree

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ESCONDIDO, Calif. — Heavily armed police surrounded a home in Escondido Wednesday where two violent gang members were believed to be holed up, a police officials said.

Escondido SWAT TeamPolice tried to make contact with the couple around noon at a home in the 500 block of West 7th Avenue, about a block west of Centre City Parkway, Escondido police Lt. Mike Loarie said. Police say the man and woman committed a series of violent crimes in the Escondido area.

The officers requested backup, so the department sent a SWAT team and at least one armored vehicle to the neighborhood.

As a precaution, police evacuated several nearby homes and businesses, Loarie said.

Police set up a command post about a block from the home. They also closed off Quince  and Pine streets between 5th and 9th avenues.

Loarie declined to provide details about the crimes the couple allegedly committed.

This developing story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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