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Police ended a standoff in Fremont early this morning after they were unable to locate and arrest a known Vietnamese gang member, a police spokeswoman said. Officers were sent out to the 5000 block of Cello Way at 11:21 p.m. Sunday night to serve a no-bail felony warrant for Tin Nguyen, 29, Fremont police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques said. The Santa Clara County warrant for Nguyen, who has prior handgun violations, is for drug-related charges, including drug possession and being under the influence. It was believed Nguyen was a resident at the Cello Way home. When police arrived at the residence, Nguyen attempted to flee out the back door but when officers tried to contact him, he ran back into the home, Bosques said. Police said they noticed an object in his hand but were unable to determine what it was.
Milpitas police were called in to bring a Vietnamese translator for negotiations but police were unable to make contact with the suspect after he re-entered the home. Officers believed Nguyen, who is a documented Union City Vietnamese gang member, had barricaded himself in the home and the SWAT team was called in. Neighboring homes were evacuated for their safety, Bosques said. When the SWAT team entered the home, they were unable to locate Nguyen, Bosques said. Police believe he may have crawled up into the attic and jumped from the roof but remain unsure how he escaped the home. A neighbor living a couple of homes away reported seeing a man jumping over their fence who matched the suspect’s description. Police widened the search but could not find the suspect and discontinued the search at 7 a.m. Nguyen is described as being 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing 145 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.
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