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A suspect in the fatal stabbing of a woman in San Leandro on Friday afternoon was arrested early Saturday morning after an hours-long standoff with police, police said. The woman was found with multiple stab wounds in a parked vehicle in the 300 block of Best Avenue at around 4 p.m. She was pronounced dead at the scene. One of the woman’s close friends told police they witnessed the assault, and that it was committed by a man the victim had been dating.
The witness told investigators the stabbing had been committed by Edgar Alfonso Vasquez, 25, who lived in the 1600 block of 162nd Avenue, police said. Police watched the house and the area, and found Vasquez’s car parked outside. The Alameda County Sheriff’s Department SWAT team was called in to assist. After surrounding the house, police ordered Vasquez to come outside over a loudspeaker, but he did not respond for several hours.
The SWAT team then entered the house and found Vasquez hiding in a bedroom. Police said he resisted arrest, and had to be forcibly taken into custody, suffering bites from a police dog in the process. He was transported to a local hospital and is being guarded by San Leandro police.
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