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Two Bay Area Hostage Situations End Peacefully Tuesday

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The Bay Area experienced not one, but two hostage situations Tuesday. Thankfully, both incidents were resolved without major incident or harm to any of the three victims.

In the first reported case, a suspect had taken a hostage and barricaded himself in the Alum Rock area of San Jose. Officials with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office notified the public of the situation around 7 a.m., saying that deputies were at the scene in the 3000 block of East Hills Drive.

Officials said hostage negotiators were attempting to make contact with the suspect by 9:39 a.m. and people were advised to stay clear of the area. Sheriff’s officials said the suspect was taken into custody without incident shortly after 1 p.m.

Over in the East Bay, a 30-year-old man sought by Oakland police held a woman and young child against their will in an Antioch home. Police responded to the scene in the 100 block of East Seventh Street around shortly before 10:30 a.m.

Officers with the Police Department’s crisis intervention team contacted the suspect by phone and he ultimately surrendered and was arrested. The 21-year-old woman and 3-year-old child were found unharmed inside the home.     

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