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An armed stolen car suspect who allegedly shot at Alameda County sheriff’s deputies has been identified as 41-year-old Tomas Orona, Oakland police said. Orona, who fled from sheriff’s deputies Monday night and took several hostages in the home in the 500 block of High Street, surrendered at around 3 a.m. today, Officer Johnna Watson said.
No one was injured during the standoff, Watson said. The three hostages were released earlier in the evening but the standoff continued for several more hours while police and sheriff’s deputies surrounded the house. The incident began at around 8 p.m. Monday near the corner of 41st Avenue and International Boulevard when sheriff’s deputies attempted to stop three suspects in a vehicle that was reported stolen, Watson said.
After a brief pursuit, the three suspects ran away from the vehicle. One of the occupants was detained by police but has not been arrested, one remains unaccounted for, and Orona barricaded himself inside a house in the 500 block of High Street, Watson said. Orona fired a shot at a sheriff’s deputy but no one was injured, sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. J.D. Nelson said.
Two hostages, a woman and a child, were released by 10 p.m. and a man was held hostage until he was released shortly before midnight, Watson said. After Orona surrendered, police entered and searched the house and determined there were no other hostages. Orona knows the man who lives in the house, but to what extent and what their relationship is has not been determined, Watson said. The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office is scheduled to file charges against Orona by tomorrow, Watson said.
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