A man who was involved in a standoff with police at a Newark motel on Sunday before finally surrendering peacefully has been arrested on charges of resisting arrest, violating a restraining order and possession of Vicodin, police said. Newark police Cmdr. Mike Carroll said the incident started shortly after 8:18 a.m. Sunday when a California Highway Patrol officer who was looking for stolen cars in the parking lot of the Motel 6 at 5601 Mowry Ave. spotted a felony vehicle associated with 25-year-old Eric Ontiveros of Hayward.
Carroll said Ontiveros was listed as an armed and dangerous, high-level violent security risk parolee at large so the CHP asked Newark police to take over the surveillance of the vehicle and the investigation into Ontiveros’ location. His previous conviction was for assault with a deadly weapon, Carroll said. Officers determined that Ontiveros was possibly in a room at the motel with his girlfriend, who had a restraining order against him, according to Carroll. Fearing that Ontiveros might be holding the woman against her will, police surrounded the motel and asked for assistance from the Fremont and Union City police departments, Carroll said.
Police eventually made contact with Ontiveros but he “stated that he would not come out and made that very clear,” Carroll said. However, Ontiveros eventually surrendered to a SWAT team, according to Carroll. Officers saw Ontiveros concealing something in his rectum while he was in a police interview room so they conducted a strip search, which revealed that seven 500mg Vicodin pills were in his rectum, Carroll said. Ontiveros is being held at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin and tentatively is scheduled to be arraigned at the Fremont Hall of Justice at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.
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