Police arrested a suspect following a standoff at a bar in Redwood City today, officers said. At about 10:50 a.m. police received a request for a welfare check on a man who had locked himself inside Sodini’s Bar located at 727 El Camino Real, near Broadway. Police arrived at the bar and identified the man as Paul McNerney, 42, of San Carlos. Officers learned that McNerney had locked himself inside the bar and refused to leave the property.
Officers learned that McNerney had told the owner of the bar to call in a SWAT team if she wanted him removed from her bar. Fearing the man might dangerous, police closed the 700 block of El Camino Real in both directions while officers attempted to communicate with McNerney.
Officers attempted to reach him by phone, but were unsuccessful. Shortly before 3 p.m., officers entered the bar and made contact with the suspect. Police said McNerney appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He was taken into custody and was transported to a nearby hospital to be cleared by medics prior to being booked into county jail for trespassing and parole violation, police said.
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