Redwood City: Man suspected of pulling gun on group who refused to give him a drink arrested after 14-hour standoff

REDWOOD CITY – A man suspected of pulling a gun on a group of people who refused to give him a drink was arrested Wednesday after a 14-hour standoff in Redwood City, police said.

Officers were called to the 500 block of Charter Avenue about 9 p.m. Tuesday for a report of an attempted armed robbery, the Redwood City Police Department said in a news release.

Police said the suspect demanded a drink from the victims as they stood outside a garage. When they refused, he pulled a pistol from his waistband and pointed it at them.

Concerned they were about to be shot, the victims walked away from the suspect, police said. The suspect did not pursue them.

The victims identified the suspect from a photo lineup and he was tracked to a residence on the 500 block of Flynn Avenue.

Officers surrounded the home and tried to convince the suspect to surrender, police said. After 14 hours of failed negotiations, which included “pleading requests” from family members, the Redwood City SWAT Team released chemical agents into the residence.

Police said the suspect exited the home and was taken into custody without any further resistance.

The suspect was medically cleared for injuries he suffered elsewhere and booked into San Mateo County jail on charges of attempted armed robbery, resisting arrest and possession of methamphetamine, police said. He was also booked for a felony warrant.

Anyone with information about the incident can contact Detective Ryan Kimber at 650-780-7183 or the tip line at 650-780-7110.

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Author: Jason Green

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