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Alleged Salinas Gang Member Arrested After 7 Hour Standoff

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An alleged gang member was arrested following a 7-hour standoff in Salinas Sunday, police said. At about 3:15 p.m., officers in the area of Freedom Parkway and Cougar Drive attempted to stop a silver 2009 Toyota Tundra for minor vehicle code violations, police said. The driver, later identified as alleged gang member 29-year-old Luis Edgar Garcia, did not yield to police.

A vehicle pursuit began, but Garcia’s vehicle soon stalled on Freedom Parkway, according to police. Garcia refused to obey the officers’ commands to exit the vehicle and was able to restart his vehicle and continue fleeing from police. The pursuit ended on Bobcat Way and Antelope Drive when Garcia stopped the vehicle and ran. Police set up a perimeter and searched for Garcia, who was seen going into a relative’s house in the 1500 block of Antelope Drive, police said.

According to police, officers had reason to believe Garcia was possibly armed with a handgun. The Salinas Police Department’s SWAT team was called to assist and for about 7 hours a stand-off ensued, police said. After receiving no response from inside the house, the SWAT team entered the home and located Garcia hiding in the attic. Garcia was taken into custody and was booked into the Monterey County Jail for multiple charges.

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