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A 51-year-old man armed with a knife who barricaded himself inside a home in South El Monte Sunday and refused to surrender was finally taken into custody Sunday evening by a special weapons team, the sheriff’s department said.

The almost five-hour standoff began about 2:45 p.m. in the 9600 block of El Poche Street, Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez said.

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Initially, deputies from the Temple station responded to the location, Navarro-Suarez said.

The department then dispatched a Special Weapons Team from the sheriff’s Special Enforcement Bureau as well as negotiators to the scene.

It all started with a domestic violence call, she said.

“Several deputies responded to the location and the man’s girlfriend told them that during an argument, the man produced a knife and began to threaten her with it. That’s when she called the sheriff’s department,” Navarro-Suarez said.

Sheriff’s negotiators vainly tried to talk the man into surrendering, she said.

“Finally, our special weapons team from the Special Enforcement Bureau made entry into the house and found the man hiding in the attic,” Navarro- Suarez said. “They took him into custody without further incident.”

The suspect was taken into custody about 7:25 p.m. and he was not injured in the takedown and his name was not immediately available, Navarro- Suarez said.

–City News Service

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