Man jailed after allegedly holding family hostage in University City

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SAN DIEGO -- A man who allegedly held his family hostage at gunpoint in an apartment in University City was arrested late Thursday night following a standoff with San Diego police lasting more than three-and-a-half hours, authorities said.

The standoff at the La Jolla Crossroads apartment complex in the 9100 block of Judicial Drive near University Town Center mall began shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday, according to San Diego police. The man's daughter called police to report that a fight between her father and mother had escalated. She said her father was armed and holding her mother and brother hostage.

SWAT officers and hostage negotiators went to the complex and police evacuated several nearby apartments and kept other residents from returning to their units. Negotiators tried to call the apartment, but the calls went unanswered. Eventually, they made contact with the man and convinced him to surrender. He came out of the apartment peacefully and surrendered at about 10:40 p.m., San Diego police Officer Robert Heims said.

The man's name was not immediately released. He was booked into jail on suspicion of domestic violence.

Police searched the apartment, but it was not immediately known if they found any weapons.


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