Day-long standoff ends with arrest

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SAN DIEGO - A man's refusal to exit a City Heights apartment where police tried to serve a search warrant early Tuesday morning forced evacuations of surrounding homes and an hours-long standoff that ended with the suspect's arrest in the mid-afternoon.

Officers arrived at the rental residence in the 2600 block of 44th Street about 4:30 a.m. as part of an investigation into suspected narcotics and weapons violations on the part of residents there, according to San Diego police.

Four suspects, including a 17-year-old boy, came out of the apartment were arrested, they then told officers there was another man inside.

"We used a number of tactics to try and coax him out," said Lt. Mayer.  "We used flash bang grenades, tear gas and also the bomb squad unit's robot was sent in."

A SWAT team took up positions around the building, and police cleared residents out of nearby homes as a precaution.

Officers and crisis negotiators spent the rest of the morning and the early afternoon “methodically'' working to bring the stalemate to a peaceful conclusion, the lieutenant said.

Mayer said at one point, the suspect confronted a small robot sent in by officers.

"He apparently picked up the robot and set it on the bed," said Lt. Mayer.

About 2:45 p.m., the special weapons and tactics personnel stormed the apartment, finding the uncooperative man hiding in a bathroom. They unleashed a service dog, which helped subdue the suspect by biting him on the ankle, Mayer said.

Medics treated the man, whose name was not immediately available, at the scene before taking him to a hospital for further evaluation and any additional care he might need. He was expected to be booked into county jail later in the day on suspicion of obstructing police and possibly other charges.

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