Employees of a San Leandro business told police this morning that a former employee held them hostage on Friday before accepting money to leave, police said. The man the employees said held them hostage was arrested near his home later today. The incident began at about 2 p.m. on Friday when the man, identified as San Leandro resident Armondo Aguiar, walked through the main doors of the business just after the employees inside saw him put what looked like a gun into a bag.
When he walked in, Aguiar allegedly pointed the bag at one of the employees and yelled at everyone inside, threatening to kill them. He was enraged and blaming them for his financial difficulties, police said. The employees tried to calm him down and talk to him, but were held inside against their will for about a half-hour. Eventually, they offered him money and he left without harming anyone. The victims didn’t contact police right away because they were afraid of retaliation, police said.
This morning they reported the incident, and police tracked Aguiar to his residence in San Leandro and detained him after he drove away. He was identified by the victims and police found a replica gun but are unsure if it is the same gun he was allegedly carrying on Friday. Aguiar was booked on suspicion of false imprisonment and brandishing a weapon.
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