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* Anthony Alvarez still in hostage standoff in Sacramento June 11

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A hostage standoff that began Wednesday between an armed 26-year-old San Francisco man and a Sacramento SWAT team is continuing into this morning with few changes overnight, a sheriff’s sergeant said.Sheriff’s negotiators reported making overnight contact with Anthony Alvarez in the apartment complex in the 2400 block of Arden Way in Sacramento where he has been holding a 1-year-old boy hostage since 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sacramento County sheriff’s Sgt. Tim Curran said this morning.The dialogue was eventually cut off by Alvarez, Curran said, and the suspect remained in the apartment as of 5 a.m. Attempts to reestablish contact have been unsuccessful. Alvarez, who is wanted in connection with a May 26 bank robbery at the U.S. Bank at 4663 Clayton Road in Concord, as well as for shooting at a Concord police officer who pursued him after a traffic stop on Friday and for questioning as a potential suspect in a Bay Area homicide, reportedly shot at officers from a bedroom window at around 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m., Curran said.No one was injured and officers did not return fire.The young hostage, who is Alvarez’ cousin’s 1-year-old son, is believed to be unharmed and in good condition.”The child has been seen several times, which was a tremendous relief to us,” Curran said.Sacramento police SWAT team officers were relieved by a sheriff’s SWAT team at around 8 p.m. Arden Way has been blocked off between Fulton Avenue and Bell Street since the standoff began, Chow said.

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