A man who brandished a weapon at workers coming to work on a Salinas home today apparently escaped the residence before police surrounded it in a standoff that lasted nearly 10 hours today, a police commander said. Officers entered the home at 45 Sherwood Drive shortly after 8 p.m. and did not find the man, who is believed to be a former resident of the home who was still living there, police Cmdr. Henry Gomez said.
The standoff began at about 10:30 a.m. when the man brandished a weapon at some workers who had gone inside the vacant house to work on it, police said. Police shut down traffic on Sherwood Drive between East Rossi and East Market streets and negotiators used loudspeakers to try and convince the suspect to come out. However, the suspect, identified as 27-year-old Delbert Robles, had apparently slipped out before police could surround the home, Gomez said. He remains at large.
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